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Why Return Of Our Pilot Is Obvious And How Pakistan Army Personnel Managed To Save Abhinandan From An Angry Mob?

India demanded the safe return of Abhinandan Varthaman who was captured recently. The IAF Wing Commander is presently in Pak custody after his MIG-21 crashed following a technical snag on 27th Feb 2019 is being returned as a peace gesture.

Captive IAF Pilot will be released tomorrow Friday, 1st March as a peace gesture.

"As a peace gesture, we will release IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow," told Imran Khan, Pakistan's Prime Minister in Pak Parliament.

On Wednesday when Pakistan's fighter jet violated ceasefire along the LOC, Pakistan’s fighter jet F-16 was shot down by surface-to-air-missile, and a pilot went missing after a MIG-21 reportedly crashed outside Indian territory due to a technical snag briefed Ministry of External Affairs, India. 

According to the Dawn, Wing Commander Abhinandan's MiG-21, Bison aircraft, was shot down over Pakistani territory earlier in the day along with another Indian jet after they violated the Line of Control. He was captured by locals in Azad Kashmir and beaten badly before a was video released by them.

Pakistan Army personnel, however, managed to take him away and what followed were Videos of his capture showing army soldiers and officers interrogating him while he is seen bleeding profusely. 

In another video, the Indian pilot maintains his calm and answers the questions of Pakistani Major, even though he showed his reservation about answering some specifics. He complimented the beverage and on record said that he is being treated well. 

"I'd like to put this on record; I will not change my statement even when I go back to my country. The officers of the Pakistan Army have looked after me very well," the Wing Commander said in the video. 

Efforts To Bring Back Our Pilot:

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had summoned the acting high commissioner of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah and demanded  the immediate and safe return of the pilot. It was also made clear to Pakistan that no harm should be caused to the pilot, the ministry said, adding it also has conveyed strong objection  to the neighbouring country at the "vulgar display" of an injured  personnel in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian  Law and the Geneva Convention .   

Who is Wing Commander Abhinandan?

Wing Commander is the son of Veteran Air Marshall Simhakutty  Varthaman, who is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal. He has refused to  speak to the media about his son’s capture.

It is not the first time that an IAF officer is captured by Pakistan. Years ago during the Kargil War flight lieutenant Kambampati  Nachiketa was captured by Pakistan as Prisoner of war in 1999. He was captured after his MiG-27 suffered a flameout while  destroying enemy positions in the Batalik subsector. Though he  was returned in eight days, his stay was a torturous one.  

"It was very tough. I can't describe that experience in words. That time I thought maybe death is a simpler solution. But I am thankful  to God that destiny was on my side. I underwent severe mental and  physical torture there for three-four days," Nachiketa told  Hindustan Times during an interview in 2016. 

Group captain Kambampati Nachiketa who was repatriated to India 8 days later after Pakistan Captured him is still flying for IAF. Nachiketa was captured by Pakistani Army during Kargil War in 26th May 1999 he was handed to International Committee of the Red Cross by Pakistani forces and he later came to India by wagah Border.    

Red Cross will again make its involvement if Pakistan forces did not speed up, the process of return of  Abhinandan Varthaman. This morning, Pakistani newspaper ‘The Nation’ quoted Pakistan  Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi as saying that the country is willing to negotiate over Varthaman return "with an open heart". 

With the situation between India and Pakistan going worse any hope of the situation getting better seems unlikely and whether IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman return is set to return will decide the course of action between the conflicting nations. However, Pakistan cannot keep him for long and has to return him to Geneva Convention. 

India prays for the safe return of his brave son

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