IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan returns home from Pakistan

WAGAH/ATTARI: Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned home from Pakistan on Friday to a hero’s welcome, two days after he was captured following a dogfight when his MiG 21 was shot down.

Pakistani officials handed over Varthaman to Indian officials, including from the IAF, at the Attari-Wagah Border.

However, the pilot was whisked away in a convoy by Indian officials away from the public glare.

According to IAF officials, he will be brought to Delhi from Amritsar in a special flight.

Varthaman was captured by Pakistani authorities on February 27 after an air combat between the air forces of the two countries, a day after New Delhi had conducted counter-terror operations in Pakistan’s Balakot. (AGENCIES)