Published On: Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019

IAF pilot Abhinandan was mentally tortured in Pakistan

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Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was not subjected to physical torture but had to undergo through a lot of mental harassment while he was in captivity in Pakistan, said sources.

IAF pilot Abhinandan was mentally tortured in Pakistan

Wing Commander Abhinandan returned from captivity late Friday night through land border at Attari/Wagah. Pakistan officials handed over him to Indian counterpart after recording a statement on camera.

Abhinandan is currently undergoing series of medical tests that is a part of cooling down process at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME) in Delhi. The health checkup phase will be over by Sunday and thereafter he will be arranged for debriefing sessions.

The IAF pilot was captured by Pakistan authorities after his MiG-21 Bison crashed down while in dogfight with Pakistani jets.

Tensions between the two nuclear powered neighboring nations are at peak following a suicide bomber killed more than 40 army men in Kashmir on February 14. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the attack.

Amid mounting outrage India carried out counter-terror operation on February 26 and claimed to have hit JeM training camp in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

A day later Pakistan retaliated with a large air formation. It was a total of 24 fighter jet planes and included some F-16s too.

The IAF pilot shot down one of the F-16 but his plane too was hit and he bailed out. He landed in PoK and was taken into Pakistan’s custody.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed return of the pilot from captivity. He tweet read, “Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians.”

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