Attari (Punjab), Mar 01: IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistanis two days ago after his MiG-21 crashed in Pakistani territory, was handed over to India on Friday night.
Dressed in a blue coat, grey trousers and white shirt, he was received by senior Border Security Force officers at Zero Line that marks the India-Pakistan land border.
This development comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced during the joint session of Parliament that they will return the IAF pilot to India as a “peace gesture”.
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. (With inputs from IANS,