India is awaiting for its brave hero Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, to return after being captured by Pakistan during an aerial combat. IAF Pilot wing commander is expected to return through Wagah border. A delegation of IAF team will be there to receive him. Reports suggests that Punjab CM Captain Amrinder Singh will also be there.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Thursday that the captured IAF pilot will be freed on Friday after New Delhi sought his unconditional, immediate and unharmed release. Calling it a “peace gesture”, in what is being seen as a diplomatic victory for India, Khan told a joint session of the Pakistan National Assembly that the India-Pakistan situation should not “get out of hand” or otherwise Islamabad “will have to retaliate”.
India’s request to Islamabad that it wants IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to be sent back via aerial route and not through the Wagah land border, was denied by Pakistan earlier. Pakistan communicated to India that he will be only returned through the Attari-Wagah border.
A Pakistani citizen on Friday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court to stop the imminent release of the captured Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinanadan Varthaman, saying he committed a crime against the country and should be put on trial here. The court dismissed the petition for hearing.
Civilians are being turned back from the Wagah border ahead of the IAF Wing Commanders release from Pakistan. Sources say the Wagah beating retreat ceremony will be conducted without public viewing to avoid tensions.