July 26, 2024 01:21 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
'India pays taxes like England, gets services like Somalia': Raghav Chadha | Nearby 'Super-Jupiter' planet discovered; IIT Kanpur professor part of international team of astronomers | Maharashtra rains: At least four dead, flight ops hit; Mumbai on red alert | Chandrababu Naidu compares YS Jaganmohan Reddy to Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar | Delhi excise policy case: Arvind Kejriwal's judicial custody extended till Aug 8
PM Modi welcomes Wing Commander Abhinandan back to India

PM Modi welcomes Wing Commander Abhinandan back to India

| @indiablooms | 01 Mar 2019, 05:38 pm

New Delhi, Mar 1 (IBNS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman home after he entered the country through Wagah border late on Friday night.

"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!" Modi tweeted.

The IAF pilot, who was captured by Pakistan two days ago after he parachuted down from his MiG 21 jet in flames across the LoC, returned to India through the Wagah border a day after Pakistan announced to release the pilot in what it called a peace gesture amid global pressures on the neighbour to conform to international laws like Geneva Conventions.

Abhinandan arrived to a hero's welcome to India with a huge crowd gathered at the Wagah Border,  which lies on the historic Grand Trunk Road between Lahore and Amritsar in India, cheering his return.

The handing over of the IAF pilot to India by Pakistan was delayed by several hours due to "procedural delays". It finally happened well after 9pm.

The daily beating the retreat and band ceremony at the Wagah border was cancelled on Friday with captured Indian Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman scheduled to be handed over to India here this afternoon. Official formalities, however, delayed the Wing Commander's return.

 


 

Support Our Journalism

We cannot do without you.. your contribution supports unbiased journalism

IBNS is not driven by any ism- not wokeism, not racism, not skewed secularism, not hyper right-wing or left liberal ideals, nor by any hardline religious beliefs or hyper nationalism. We want to serve you good old objective news, as they are. We do not judge or preach. We let people decide for themselves. We only try to present factual and well-sourced news.

Support objective journalism for a small contribution.