After a suspenseful waiting period, Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman finally returned home from a major step towards preventing the near-war situation in Pakistan from its nearly three-day imprisonment at the house on Friday night, with Pakistan’s constant support for terrorism.
Wing Commander Vermont hopes to welcome the hero, thousands of people carrying triangles and nests from the Indian border on the border. But that day wears and fell into the night, the pilot who had woken up on February 27, Pakistan had a sign of the dogfight between two air forces in which its shot was shot under MiG-21.
On the Pakistani side, in the Wagah check-post, it was finally finished at 9.10 PM. (IST), along with the Pakistani Rangers, the Indian airport was posted in the High Commission in Islamabad. He wore civilian jackets and khaki trousers, who walked proudly of Gates, who separated his captives from the country.
Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar Shiv Dullar Singh Dhillon told reporters that the fighter pilot was happy to return to their country.
The congratulations were asked that in return, what officials had told the officials, DC said they smile first and comment that “I am happy to return to my country.”
More information, DC said, “The Pakistani authorities brought Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to the joint check post at the balcony and they crossed the 9/21 PM (IST) on the Zero Line. Some formalities on the Wagah-Bani border After passing, they were handed over to the BSF authorities. Later, the IAF officials took them with them. “While receiving an official, the pilot’s AAS Confidence was seen placing her hand.
‘Happy to be back to my country’
The Wing commander then operated in the Air Force vehicle from Amritsar to Amritsar. Which was escorted by the Punjab Police.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the parents of the officer were not present in the check-post.
Vermont is taken to Delhi and will be debriefing on Saturday, including physical and physical investigations in the presence of officers of the military and intelligence agencies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the return of Abhinandan Varthaman and said that the nation is proud of their example courage.
“Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians,” tweeted Modi. Earlier, addressing a public rally in Tamil Nadu, Modi said, “every Indian is proud of brave pilot Abhinandan.” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also came out with a “Jai Hind” tweet.
Several political leaders, including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, also welcomed the IAF hero back home.
Vice Chief Marshal R G K Kapoor read out a brief statement before a large posse of reporters in Attari, near Amritsar, on the other side of Wagah.
“Wing Commander Abhinandan has just been handed over to us. He will be taken now for a detailed medical checkup. This check-up is mandatory as he had to eject from an airplane which would have put his entire body under stress,” said Kapoor, who did not take any questions.
The handing over of Varthaman to India at Wagah was delayed as he was asked to record a statement on camera by Pakistani authorities before he was allowed to cross the border, according to sources in Pakistan.
It was not clear whether he was made to record the video under duress. The video also had several jump cuts indicating that it had been edited heavily, apparently to fit Pakistani propaganda.
At 8.30 pm (9 pm IST). The Pakistan government released the pilot’s video message to the local media in which he said as to how he was captured.
“Recording of his video message caused a delay in his handing over,” a source said.
In the video message, Varthaman said he entered Pakistan’s space to “find a target” but his aircraft was shot down.
Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir on February 14 by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM).
Amid mounting outrage, Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan retaliated with a large air formation, comprising 24 fighter jets, including F-16s.
Varthaman was in one of the eight MIG-21s that took on the invader and shot down an F-16, according to officials. During the dogfight, his plane was hit and he bailed out, landing in PoK, where he was taken into custody by the Pakistani army.
On Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan told a special joint sitting of Parliament that his government was releasing the pilot as a “peace gesture”. However, India has been maintaining that the Pakistani decision is in consonance with the Geneva Conventions.
After the pilot’s release, the Pakistan Foreign Office described him as a Prisoner of War.
The Pakistan government was under tremendous international pressure to de-escalate the tensions with India and release the captured pilot.
As analysts painstakingly debated each nuance of India-Pakistan relations in TV studios, anchors went hoarse keeping up the constant commentary, and journalists looked for information on when and how he would be handed over to India. The government decided to keep it all under wraps.
Patriotism was the mood of the day.
There was garba in Ahmedabad, dancing in Bangalore, a sand sculpture of the officer in Puri and ‘yagnas’ in several places.
Forty CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on February 14 in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. when a JeM suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.