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India demands safe, immediate return of Air Force pilot

February 28, 2019

The Indian government has asked Pakistan government to ensure the immediate and safe return of the Indian Air Force pilot in their custody.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was taken in custody by the Pakistani army after his MiG 21 Bison jet crashed in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir area yesterday.

Images and videos of the injured pilot were widely circulated on the social media by Pakistan. India slammed Pakistan for the "vulgar display" of the injured pilot.

Pakistan's acting High Commissioner was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs and was told to ensure safety of the Indian pilot by all means.

India also blamed Pakistan of violating the International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention and warned against any harm caused to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with the three service chiefs and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval after the Indian pilot was captured by Pakistan.

Despite the proposal for peace talks made by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan Army continued to violate the ceasefire in parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "I'm sorry to hear that one of our brave IAF pilots is missing. I hope he will return home soon, unharmed. We stand by our armed forces in these difficult times."

Chief of the DMK Party, M.K.Stalin also said, "My thoughts are with the family and friends of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. I urge the Government of India to do everything necessary to get him safely back home at the earliest. #BringBackAbhinandan"



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