IAF pilot Abhinandan’s parents gets standing ovation on flight

Posted March 02, 2019

As the nation is preparing to welcome Abhinandan Varthaman, the Indian Air Force's pilot who was captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, his parents received a standing ovation from co-passengers on a flight to New Delhi.

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman left for the Wagah Border from Lahore on Friday to be handed over to India, two days after he was captured by Pakistani authorities.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been transported to the Wagah Border ahead of his repatriation to India.

A Pakistani soldier stands guard near the wreckage of an Indian plane shot down by the Pakistan military on Wednesday, in Hurran, near the Line of Control in Pakistani Kashmir, on Thursday.

World powers have been watching the situation in Asia unfold with unease and called for de-escalation after a February 14 suicide bombing killed over 40 Indian paramilitary troops in Kashmir.

"We've been involved in trying to have them stop", Trump told reporters in Hanoi.

"We, hereby nominate the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 for his peace efforts and dialogues in the Asian region on diverse conflicts (eg, Pakistan-India, Afghanistan-USA, Middle East, etc)".

"This is "a result of a Pakistan-based terrorist group's brutal attack", he said". Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on Thursday warned: "India's enemies are conspiring to create instability in the country through terror attacks".

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Pakistan handed a captured Indian pilot back to his country on Friday as the nuclear-armed neighbours scaled back a confrontation that has prompted world powers to urge restraint.

The agency issued a statement on Friday saying all domestic and global flights will be allowed to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

Qureshi has said the Saudi foreign minister is set to visit Islamabad with a message from Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who visited both Pakistan and India last month.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's air space remained closed to most air traffic, although some domestic flights were allowed on Thursday.

His return is a goodwill gesture from Pakistan aimed to de-escalate rising tensions with India.

Authorities on both sides were tight-lipped on the reasons for the delay. They have fought three wars, two directly over the disputed region. He refused to provide details about the information that New Delhi has shared. Pakistani "aircraft attempting to target military installations were intercepted by IAF fighter aircraft, which thwarted their plans".

Pakistan Air Force shot my aircraft down following which I have to leave it as it had broken down. Having attempted to evade capture, he is being portrayed as a hero in India.

India has reportedly cancelled the flag-lowering ceremony on the border.