Today, BJP Chief Amit Shah claims that creating a situation for the return of IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan was a diplomatic victory, before the expected arrival of the captured Wing Commander.
Pilot Varthaman’s MiG-21 fighter jet was hit and he safely ejected from the aircraft after shot down one Pakistani F-16 fighter jet during a dogfight to revolt a Pakistani attack on Wednesday. The captured pilot has been in Pakistan since then and returned this evening.
Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced his countries in the parliament last evening that Pilot Varthaman would be released on Friday as a “peace gesture”.
Mr. Shah said that “creating a situation for the return of pilot Abhinandan in such a short span of time is our diplomatic victory.”
Tensions between the two countries have been increasing after the terror outfit JeM claimed responsibility for a suicide bomber attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, which took lives of 40 CRPF jawans.
Replying to the terror attack, Indian fighter jets have destroyed Pak-based JeM’s biggest terror camp near Pakistan’s Balakot across LoC on Tuesday.
A team of Indian Air Force officials has received Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman at Attari-Wagah border.
On Thursday, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor was quoted saying that “we are happy that our pilot who had fallen across the Line of Control and was in the custody of Pakistan is being released. We are extremely happy to have him back. We only see it as a gesture which is in consonance with the Geneva Conventions.”