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Twitterati Say Pakistanis Need To Do Much More Than Just Release Of Abhinandan Varthaman

Published on 1 March, 2019 at 3:23 pm By

Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will return to India on March 1 after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that they would be releasing him as a “gesture of peace.” His release comes two days after he was captured across the Line of Control after shooting down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 jet. India has sought his unconditional, immediate and unharmed release signalling a de-escalation in the spiralling tension between the two countries.


Wing Commander Abhinandan will be brought by Pakistani authorities from Rawalpindi to Lahore and handed over first to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under rules of the Geneva Convention. He will be then  brought to the check post at Wagah-Attari joint check-post to return home.



Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is the son of Air Marshal (Retd) Varthaman and Shobha Varthaman, who is a doctor.

It is said that Pakistan released Abhinandan after it found itself isolated on the issue of terrorism, with none of the P-5 countries standing by it. Pakistan had no option but to return Abhinandan as the US, European Union, Saudi Arabia, and even the UAE, were not in support of Pakistan.

Following Pakistan’s announcement, BJP chief questioned the motives of Pakistani PM. He asked why he has not condemned Pulwama terror attack. He also asked how can India trust him when he can’t even condemn the attack.




While the release of Abhinandan is a diplomatic win for India, there are many who believe that there should be more pressure on Pakistan so that it stops harbouring terrorists. There are some who believe that among other moves, India should use its influence to expel Pakistan from the upcoming ICC World Cup cricket tournament.

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Overall, by precision strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) terror camps deep inside Pakistan has proved that India won’t tolerate Pakistan’s continued support to terror groups. At the moment, India is in a better bargaining position given that the world opinion is on our side. Pakistan is in no position to fight a prolonged battle with India, so it is high time that debt-ridden Pakistan show some concrete action on ground rather than just meddling with words.

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