Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, will be released by Pakistan by 4 pm on Friday at the Wagah border in Punjab’s Amritsar district. A delegation of the Indian Air Force will receive him.
Imran Khan Thursday announced that the captive pilot will be released as a gesture of peace. The ‘goodwill gesture’ came largely due to the position India took throughout the day to bring its pilot back home and maintained no deals would be made with Pakistan.
May have been after midnight when the Chennai-Delhi flight came to a stop at the tarmac, but there was no scramble to get bags from the overhead bin or rush towards the exit because all eyes were focused on one couple — the parents of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
Air Marshal S Varthaman (retd) and Dr Shobha Varthaman were given a standing ovation as passengers made way for them in the early hours of Friday, ensuring that the couple got off first.
Indian Air Force has said that it is looking forward to the return of its Wing Commander Abhinandan from Pakistan’s custody.
In a joint briefing with Officials of Army and Navy last evening in New Delhi, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said that IAF learnt that Pakistan has announced that Wing Commander Abhinandan will be returned to India today.
He said, IAF is happy and looking forward to it.
During his address in the Pakistan National Assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had yesterday announced to release the fighter pilot as a peace gesture