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Braveheart Abhinandan Varthaman returns India. See first photos WAGAH And Atari Border

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 01, Mar 2019, 21:43 pm IST | UPDATED: 02, Mar 2019, 19:07 pm IST

Braveheart Abhinandan Varthaman returns India. See first photos WAGAH And Atari Border

India Wagah-Attari border: Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has crossed the Wagah-Attari border and finally reached India.

And this is no ordinary return.

At the stroke of 9.14 pm, Abhinandan made a sombre walk towards the Indian side of the Wagah-Attari border. He had a smile on his face as he walked.
 
Abhinandan was accompanied by Indian Air Attaché Group Captain JT Kurien, who had gone to Lahore with travel documents.

When Varthaman was arrested by the Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday after his plane MiG 21 crashed across the Line of Control while retaliating to Pakistan jets violating Indian air space, people hoped, against hope, he would return safely. And now when he did, his parents, who received him at the border, could not help let tears flow.

Tension mounted between two countries after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed over 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kasmir's Pulwama on February 14.

India, in retaliation, carried out a pre-dawn airstrike on a JeM terror camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A day later, 24 Pakistan Air Force jets entered Indian airspace near LoC and dropped bombs in the Indian territory.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was reportedly captured on February 27 after his MiG-21 Bison was hit by the Pakistan Army across the Line of Control (LoC).

On Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Abhinandan would be released Friday as a "peace gesture".

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