After waiting for long hours, the Indian Air Force (IA) Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman has finally returned home from the captivity in Pakistan on Friday. The major steps towards defusing his war situation trigged by India’s retaliation over Pakistan continued to support terrorism.
Wing Commander was welcomed with thousands of Indians gathered on the border carrying the tricolour and garlands since morning. The day wore on the night fell there was sign of the pilot who was captured on February 27 night the Pakistan following a dog fight between the two air forces in his MIG-21 was shot down.
He emerged at 9.10 pm at the Wagaha Checkpost on the Pakistani side. He was accompanied by the Pakistani Rangers in the Indian air attached and posted in the High Commission in Islamabad. He was wearing Civilian clothes – a dark jacket and Khaki trousers, he came out walking proudly towards the gates that separated his captors country from his homelands.
The Vice Marshal RG K Kapoor said in a brief statement in Attari near Amritsar on the other side of Wagaha said, “Wing Commander Abhinandan has just been handed over to us. He will be taken now for a detailed medical check-up. This check-up is mandatory as he had to eject from an airplane, which would have put his entire body under stress.”
Addressing the Public rally in Tamil Nadu Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “Every Indian is proud of the brave Pilot Abhinandan.” Several other political leaders including Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the Indian Air Force wing Commander back home.
The tension began in India and Pakistan after a Suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF personnels in Kashmir on February 14 by a Pakistani counter terror operation by hitting what it is said was JeM training camp in Balakot in Pakistan on February 26.