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.
This is the peace U r talking Mr @ImranKhanPTI ?— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) February 27, 2019
Your Paki soldiers almost killed & lynched & Wing Cdr Abhinandan !
Bloody beggars,U can’t even respect & honour a Soldier ?
I request whole nation to EXPOSE Paki Army & Govt !
Abhi,Salute U Bro for your spirit#BringBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/vA52oK9LN2
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.
That’s an Indian SOLDIER !— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) February 27, 2019
You will feel proud to Listen Wing Cdr #Abhinandan of Indian Airforce ! He kept safety, honor & welfare of our country first on every reply !
You lived up to ethos of Indian Armed Forces..We r proud of you Bhai💪Jai Hind @IAF_MCC @adgpi @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/CJ9HMDrDhZ
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
"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
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