Appreciating the exemplary bravado exhibited by IAF’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in shooting down a Pak F-16 jet which attempted to target military installations along the Line of Control, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the Sanskrit word ‘Abhinandan’ would acquire a new meaning due to what has transpired over past couple of days.
PM Modi said, “Whatever India does, world watches it closely….It is the power of this nation that it changes the meaning of words. Abhinandan used to mean congratulation, now Abhinandan will have a new meaning.”
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who crossed the Wagah-Attari border post into India from Pakistan on Friday evening, met with his family members for a few minutes upon his arrival in Delhi late in the night. He was also met by Air Force chief Air Marshal BS Dhanoa.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who remained in Pakistan’s custody for over 60 hours, was received by senior Border Security Force (BSF) officers at Zero Line that marks the India-Pakistan land border (Attari-Wagah border) post 9 PM. The BSF then handed him over to the IAF. The pilot underwent a detailed medical checkup to gauge his fitness levels late at night after a brief meeting with his family in New Delhi.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who crossed the Wagah-Attari border post into India from Pakistan last evening, met with his family members for a few minutes upon his arrival in Delhi late in the night. He was also met by Air Force chief Air Marshal BS Dhanoa.
Abhinandan’s release, coincided with the release of a heavily edited propaganda video to the Pakistani TV channels. The video had come in for severe criticism on social media, with some saying it cast doubt over Pakistan’s claims of the release being a peace gesture.