First VISUALS of Indian pilot handover by Pakistan released

Friday - 01/03/2019 12:05
A man looks at television screen, airing live transmission of released Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhi Nandan, at Wagah border, in Karachi © REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
A man looks at television screen, airing live transmission of released Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhi Nandan, at Wagah border, in Karachi © REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
The first video of captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman crossing the border back into India after he was released by Pakistani authorities has been unveiled.

The first video of captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman crossing the border back into India after he was released by Pakistani authorities has been unveiled.

In the video footage, Abhinandan is walked to a heavily guarded border crossing by Pakistani officers, before being handed over peacefully to Indian forces, who walk him across the frontier with an arm around his back. The Wing Commander is then driven away in a police car.

The footage released by Pakistani media showed Varthaman walking across the border into India, near the town of Wagah, just before 9pm local time (1600 GMT).

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan released Abhinandan “as a peace gesture,” and he received a hero’s welcome when he arrived back on Indian soil on Friday.

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was shot down over the disputed territory of Kashmir on Wednesday. The incident came after Indian jets struck suspected terrorist training camps in Pakistan one day earlier, in retaliation for a suicide bombing in India two weeks beforehand.

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