Govt hails IAF pilot Abhinandan’s release announcement as major victory for India

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Govt hails IAF pilot Abhinandan's release announcement as major victory for India
Govt hails IAF pilot Abhinandan's release announcement as major victory for India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Govt has confirmed Abhinandan Varthaman will be brought back via Wagah border
  • The govt has declared Imran Khan’s announcement as major victory for India
  • India has confirmed that no compromises were made with Pakistan to get back Abhinandan Varthaman

As Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s release, the Indian government has hailed the decision as a “major victory” for India.

Government sources confirmed that the IAF wing commander will be brought back through the Wagah border in Punjab.

Indian government sources have hailed Imran Khan’s announcement two days after Abhinandan’s capture as a “major victory” for the Indian administration.

India has confirmed that no compromises were made with Pakistan to get back Abhinandan Varthaman although Pakistan tried to the captured pilot as a bargaining chip.

Top sources in the security establishment said that the Centre was determined to not give in Pakistan’s intentions of using Abhinandan as a bargaining chip and had made it clear that he has to be released unconditionally.

The Indian administration successfully mounted pressure on the global community to intervene as Pakistan continued to hold Abhinandan Varthaman in captivity.

India said Pakistan has violated the Geneva Convention by releasing videos of a bleeding Abhinandan who was blindfolded and was being asked questions by the Pakistani military.

Geneva Conventions prevents insulting and generating public curiosity around a prisoner of war and with the release of these videos, Pakistan is in clear violation of the international laws.

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval held talks with the US Secretary of State and their National Security Adviser after Abhinandan’s capture while Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj dialled the Arab nations to pressurise the Pakistanis to release the officer and not play any politics over it.

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