Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been transported to Wagah Border as his return to his country proceeds. The return was a peace gesture on behalf of PM Khan to enable the border-sharing countries to sort the matter out with peace and calm.
Related documents and customs have been reportedly fulfilled by the International Committee of Red Cross including a medical examination.
Following this development, India has cancelled the flag-lowering ceremony.
While in captivity, the IAF pilot was treated with respect and dignity by the Pakistani armed forces, a fact that the captured pilot acknowledged in a video released by the ISPR.
To give a quick overview, it all started with escalating tensions dramatically between Pakistan and India on February 14 when a convoy was bombed by Muslim extremists in Kashmir, the blame of that incident was put on Pakistan. What followed was a couple of LoC violations through fighter jets trying to bomb Balakot, initiated by India, one of which was shot down and the pilot captured, namely Abhinandan.
Later, a video was released showing Abhinandan quite satisfied with the treatment by Pakistani Officials and on February 28, PM Khan announced the release of the Wing Commander, an act that was appreciated throughout the world, with tweets comparing his handling of the situation to his ’92 World Cup win. He asserted that Pakistan’s desire for de-escalation should not be confused as weakness. He also laid emphasis on the unnecessary human suffering if both countries were to go for war and stressed to found out a peaceful solution.
CAPTURED INDIAN PILOT NEARS INDIAN RETURN AS THE WORLD PRAISES PM KHAN
This marks a huge step towards calming down the tensions between India and Pakistan, but elections in India means that political parties are using this incident to stir up a rebellious attitude within the population which might prove to be costly for both countries.