Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, whose plane crashed in the opponent country Pakistan on Wednesday has been handed over to India at the Attari border. As the Government of India planned to bring back the commander from Pakistan by a special flight, Pakistan denied the permission.
Pakistan has handed over Abhinandan officially to India at 5.20 IST after the formal medical examination from the country's end. He was brought to Lahore in Pakistan’s army vehicle after which he landed on his motherland. Due to the security issues, the general public was not allowed around the Wagah border. But none can stop them from cheering the brave hero who is coming back. They were seen waving Indian flags and beating drums as they awaited the commander’s arrival.
This is not the first time that an Indian pilot has been taken hostage by Pakistan. In 1999 during Kargil conflict, an Indian fighter pilot named Kambampati Nachiketa was captured by Pakistani forces after his plane crashed. Pakistan tortured Nachiketa for eight days and then released him.
However, the hostage of Abhinandan Varthaman for two long days has created ripples in Indian Air Force and social media with the release of two videos. The commander has not only won the hearts of Indians but also the Pakistan Army’s with his dignity and bravery.