Based on a video that was circulated on Pakistani television channels and on social media, it is clear that Wing Commander Abhinandan is an Indian Air Force fighter pilot has been captured by Pakistani forces.
In this video, a blind-folded moustachioed man in pilot overalls can be seen identifying himself and giving out his service number which is the due protocol for captured officers during conflicts. The blindfolded man can be seen bleeding from a possible head injury requesting his captors to identify themselves..
A footage of the captive being questioned was also released where he can be heard saying: “My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan and my service number is 27981.”
“I am a flying pilot and my religion is Hindu [sic],” he adds further.
“May I request for a little information, sir? Am I with the Pakistani army?” he questioned while refusing to answer any additional probes.
Other videos soon emerged, showing him drinking tea with Pakistani officials and telling the camera that he was being well treated
Indian pilot says he is being looked after well in Pakistan after he was taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/Ig7cLkH2As
— Salman Masood (@salmanmasood) February 27, 2019
Pakistan claimed on Wednesday it had shot down two Indian jets and arrested two pilots after striking non-military targets in India.
Indian Twitter was vociferous demanding the return of the pilot and hoping it would bring the two countries sort out their points of contention. Some very angry Twitter users wanted more action against Pakistan while many were clear that India should push diplomatically for the return of Indian personnel in Pakistani custody.
Here is the response of Govt
The government has acknowledged that IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been captured by the Pakistani forces after fighter jets of both nations engaged in an air battle on Wednesday morning, in a major escalation of hostilities.
In a demarche issued to the acting high commissioner of Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs said it expects his immediate and safe return.
The government also strongly objected to “Pakistan’s vulgar display” of the injured pilot in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.
“It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody,” the government said in a statement.
Abhinandan Varthaman: He is son of highly decorated retired Air Marshal, father of two. He is from Chennai.
According to reports, the detained Indian pilot is said to be the son of a retired Air Marshall and was flying an MiG 21 Bison jet on Wednesday that was shot down by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) with the pilot taken into custody.
Tension between India and Pakistan is high
India and Pakistan are on edge after Indian Mirage 2000 fighters pounded a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Pakistan on Tuesday, 12 days after the terrorist group killed 44 Indian soldiers in a suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir.
India has long accused Pakistan of abetting cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, and had vowed to avenge the bombing on February 14.
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