Abhinandan Varthaman: All you need to know about brave Indian Pilot - watsupptoday.com
Abhinandan Varthaman: All you need to know about brave Indian Pilot
Posted 28 Feb 2019 01:48 PM

Agencies
Indian air force pilot Abhinandan, captured by Pakistani forces yesterday, has become the point of focus amid tensions between the two countries.He has 16 years of experience & is from the southern city of Chennai.

His jet was shot down in what Islamabad called a "retaliation" to India conducting airstrikes in its territory.

The government has demanded his immediate release and Indian social media is full of tweets about him, with many calling him a hero and praying for his safe return.

Here are some twitter posts

Emraan Hashmi

Such calm and resilience in the face of adversity . Prayers for our brave pilot #AbhinandanVarthaman . Hope for his safe return. #AbhinandanMyHero

SANDIPLotus

Don't dare to keep him in custody Pakistan.
Any torture will cost you double pain.#GivebackAbhinandhan

Rahul Gandhi
I’m sorry to hear that one of our brave IAF pilots is missing. I hope he will return home soon, unharmed. We stand by our armed forces in these difficult times.

Priyanuj_Sarmah
Indian forces have people like #Abhinandan who have always put the interests of country ahead of them. He is a true hero and we hope he will return back soon. India will be waiting for her hero to come back.#Abhinandan

Local media reported that crowds began thronging his family home soon after news of his capture spread. The Hindustan Times newspaper quoted one of his relatives as saying that they wanted the government to "secure his release" without delay.

His family has refused to comment about his capture.

The son of a decorated former fighter pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan was first commissioned as a fighter pilot in 2004. His mother is a doctor. He is reported to be in his mid-30s.

His father, Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman, worked with decorated Tamil film maker Mani Ratnam, acting as an adviser for his 2017 film, Kaatru Veliyidai, which was set against the backdrop of the 1999 Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan. Mr Varthaman was the air marshal at the time.

However Pakistan's information ministry then released - and later deleted - a video showing the pilot blindfolded and with blood on his face. This prompted a furious Delhi to summon Islamabad's deputy high commissioner and condemn what it called the "vulgar display of an injured personnel".

In later footage, Wing Commander Abhinandan could be seen sipping tea from a cup without a blindfold. He appeared to have been cleaned up.

He said his name, military position and that he was from "down south", but refused to share any details when asked about his mission: "I'm not supposed to tell you that."

However, Pakistan's military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said the pilot was being "treated as per norms of military ethics".

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