The whole nation prayed for IAF pilot’s return and finally, God has answered their prayers as Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was held captive by Pakistan security forces after an air strike operation with Indian forces on February 27, will be released by Islamabad on March 1. The news has been confirmed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The pilot was seized by Pakistani forces after his MiG 21 Bison crossed the Line Of Control (LoC) and landed erroneously into the neighbouring country’s territory. Before the Wing commander was captured, he shot down 2 Pakistani pilots and hit an F-16 jet, the government added.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing the reporters at the press conference said, “Yesterday I tried to call (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to say that we don’t want escalation. Our push for de-escalation doesn’t mean we are afraid,” Imran Khan said.
“We have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture, we will release him tomorrow.”
Previously on February 28, India made its statement very clear and said that they were not looking forward to striking any deal with Pakistan as they were demanding “instant release” of the Wing commander.
This is how Bollywood fraternity is celebrating the return of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman!!
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) February 28, 2019
🙏🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🙏. Happy to hear our pilot is going to be released tomorrow🙏 God bless!
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) February 28, 2019
— meera chopra (@MeerraChopra) February 28, 2019
Oh god! U really need to calm down @TimesNow ! Bowing down ????? Let him come back home safe first ! U are jeopardising it with ur big mouth ! The volume is loud but substance is zero ! https://t.co/k7TnzcNfBm
— Gauahar Khan (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) February 28, 2019
Bhaisaab, #Abhinandan ko lautne toh deejiye, please? Baad mein credit le leejiyega.
Zara si sharm kar loge toh kya nuksaan hoga? https://t.co/MYPqUMa5XW
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) February 28, 2019
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) February 28, 2019
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) February 28, 2019
Thank you Mr @ImranKhanPTI for releasing #WingCommanderAbhinandan and caring for an Indian soldier's life. Please also genuinely work towards combating terrorism with us that hurts innocents and halts progress of both countries. We only want progress and our safety, not war.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) February 28, 2019
— SONAL CHAUHAN (@sonalchauhan7) February 28, 2019