IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was brought to Delhi after he crossed into India via Attari-Wagah Border on Friday. He was then shifted to an India Air Force hostel after a complete medical examination at a military hospital, reports source.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was destined by Pakistani security forces after his MiG-21 fighter jet went down during a dogfight with Pakistani fighter F-16, which also blasted out of the sky, returned to the nation from Pakistan after spending around 60-hours in captivity.
Pilot Varthaman’s homecoming inspired many hashtags on social media, was also celebrated across India with politicians, celebrities and other praising his bravery and grace in the utmost dangerous situations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!”
Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman comes from a family of decorated fighter Pilots became a symbol of hope and easing of increasing tensions between Pakistan and India after their biggest standoff in years.
He was further praised for his composure and grit. Mr. Varthaman was tortured and beaten up by local Pakistani, blindfolded and handcuffed by Pak military and then interrogated, found in videos emerges out of Pakistan, which violated the Geneva Convention.
On Thursday, Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in the Parliament that Pakistan would release Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a “peace of gesture”.
Ties between Pakistan and India have plunged to a new low after a suicide bomb attack in Pulwama on February 14, in which 40 CRPF jawans have lost their lives and many were injured. Pakistan-based JeM claimed responsibility, prompted India to lash out at Islamabad for supporting terror outfits.