Soon after the surprise announcement of IAF pilot Abhinandan returning home broke on the news channels, every Indian breathed a sigh of relief. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday told that IAF’s captured pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be released on Friday as a “gesture of peace”.
The Wing Commander was detained by the neighbouring country following a fierce engagement between air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control when his MiG 21 fighter jet was downed. A wave of happiness took over the people and Twitter buzzed with jubilant reactions after hearing the good news.
Here are some of them:
— निमकी मुखिया (@Nimki_mukhiya) February 28, 2019
Big Victory of India.
Just release of Pilot,
Pakistan officially announced
He is coming back tomorrow…🇮🇳 #AbhinandanMyHero
— Rahul Yadav (@BeingYadavRahul) February 28, 2019
First of all it is not a peace gesture from Pakistan it's because of the Geneva convention that they had to release him safely.
BTW thanks PAK for releasing him safe!
Proud of you Indian govt and forces for mounting pressure on Pakistan.#WelcomeBackAbhinandan #AbhinandanMyHero
— Sanjiv Kumar (@ImSanjivkr) February 28, 2019
— Rinku Agarwal Basu (@rinkutalk) February 28, 2019
Dedicated to bravehearts like Wing Commander Abhinandan Sir –
'Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man's eyes.'
— Roshani (@IndiaBhakt1) February 28, 2019
The lion is returning back.#welcomebackabhinandan
— HinduNationalist!! (@nerolu_praveen) February 28, 2019
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman to be released by Pakistan: I'm very happy, I had demanded his release earlier too. This is going to be a step towards goodwill and I hope this will be lasting. (ANI) pic.twitter.com/CKd3LR1UA1
— ABP News (@abpnewstv) February 28, 2019
— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2019
The surprise announcement during a joint session of Parliament came barely an hour after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Prime Minister Khan is ready to talk to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions.
As the opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif took the floor of the House, Prime Minister Khan apologised for interrupting and said he wishes to announce that the Indian pilot captured by Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday will be released Friday as a “peace gesture”. The announcement was greeted by thumping of desks by Pakistani lawmakers.