Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returns safely to India!
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has crossed over India at the Attari-Wagah border after spending two days in Pakistan's captivity.
IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been returned to India at the Wagah-Attari border after two days he was he was captured by Pakistan during an intense aerial dogfight. Wing Commander Varthaman has been received by the Border Security Officials.
Further reports say that Hundreds of media personnel are at the Attari border that separates India from Pakistan. And, millions of Indians eagerly waited to see the brave hero coming home. The breathless countdown for the homecoming of Abhinandan, who became the centre point of escalating tensions between the two fractious neighbours with his capture after his plane was downed began on Thursday when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in parliament that he would be released the following day as a 'gesture of peace'.
While few waited near the Wagah-Attari border, few Indians glued to their TV sets and social media accounts to watch the homecoming of the IAF pilot. Here is what Prime Minister Modi said after the safe release of Wing Commander. He took to his official Twitter page and tweeted, "Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!"
Union home minister Rajnath Singh welcomed IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman back to India. He tweeted, "Welcome Home! The entire Nation is proud of Wing Commander Abhinandan".
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman lauds IAF wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman. “The entire nation appreciates your valour and grit. You held your calm in the face of adversity. You are an inspiration to our youth. Salute. Vande Mataram".