Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Abhinandan Varthaman not released under any pressure, says Pak foreign minister

Abhinandan Varthaman not released under any pressure, says Pak foreign minister

Shah said the entire nation was proud of Abhinandan's courage and valour. The Indian pilot was captured after his MiG fighter jet crashed in Pakistani territory.

During his captivity, Varthaman was shown on Pakistani TV in his green flight suit saying he was rescued by two Pakistani military personnel after he ejected and found himself surrounded by a group of angry residents in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Varthaman was accompanied to the border Friday by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

A police official told AFP that Indian troops also surrounded a house in Handwara district of Kashmir after believing they had killed two militants inside.

Earlier in the day, the road on the Indian side of the border had been lined with well-wishers, but by the time Varthaman crossed around 9 p.m. a lot of them had left.

Pakistan has banned Indian aircraft from using its airspace and its Air Traffic Control (ATC) has barred flying of any aircraft below 32,000 feet. The airstrikes led to the closure of dozens of airports in the subcontinent. President Donald Trump, in Hanoi on Thursday, said he had been involved in seeking to de-escalate the conflict.

Before the pilot was released, Pakistani television stations broadcast video of him, looking cleaned up and thanking the Pakistani Army for treating him well. India has the strength to change the meaning of words in the dictionary.

An Indian defence official said the pilot was then taken for medical checks.

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At least four civilians were killed and 11 injured on Saturday as Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded fire in the disputed Kashmir frontier region. The IAF is making the pilot undergo medical tests to assure he is healthy and has not sustained any threatening injury.

Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was welcomed by the country exuberantly. "There's a lot of dislike, unfortunately, so we've been in the middle trying to help them both out, see if we can get some organization and some peace, and I think probably that's going to be happening".

A Pakistan-based group, the Jaish-e Muhammad (JeM), claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack - the deadliest to take place during a three-decade insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir.

The agency issued a statement saying all domestic and worldwide flights will be allowed to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

The prime minister's remark has come a day after IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was released by Pakistan. New Delhi and Islamabad claimed that each other's planes had been shot down. When he crossed over to India Friday night, Abhinandan's right eye above his handlebar moustache appeared swollen.

India has so far been able to prove anything and whatever proofs Indian media has presented, have only backfired and made its entire narrative a laughing stock.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's decision to return the pilot marked a dramatic shift in mood after the two countries engaged in an aerial clash on Wednesday for the first time since 1971.

Relations between the two countries, however, remain strained.

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