People in Pakistan have protested to release the captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Varthaman Abhinandan who was flying a MiG -21 Bison fighter plane and landed across the Line Of Control after his fighter jet was shot down by Pakistan.
Even before the Government of Pakistan decided to release the captured Indian Pilot, people around Pakistan demanded to release him right after he was captured.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan announced yesterday that the 38-year-old Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be released today as a “Peace Gesture.”
Imran Khan while speaking at the country’s parliament had said, “Yesterday I tried to call Narendra Modi to say that we don’t want escalation. Our push for de-escalation doesn’t mean we are afraid, We have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture, we will release him tomorrow.”
The Pakistani foreign affairs ministry spokesperson had stated that the Wing Commander Abhinandan will be handed over to India at the Wagah border today afternoon, around 3 to 4 pm.
Earlier tensions surged between India and Pakistan after the Indian Air Force on Tuesday carried out aerial strikes at a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror training camp in Balakot, in which a large number of terrorists were killed. The strikes were in response to the terror attack in Pulwama, in which about 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.