IAF Pilot Abhinandan Wants to Return to Cockpit at the Earliest
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meets  Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman a day after his return, on 2 March. 
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meets Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman a day after his return, on 2 March. (Photo: ANI)

IAF Pilot Abhinandan Wants to Return to Cockpit at the Earliest

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman conveyed to the IAF brass that he wants to return to the cockpit as soon as possible, officials told PTI on Sunday, 3 March.

For the last two days, the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot has been undergoing medical treatment at a military hospital in New Delhi.

In the MRI scan of the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the doctors did not find any bugs, ANI reported on Sunday, 3 March quoting sources. The scan has also shown that there is an injury in his lower spine which could have happened due to his ejection from his MiG-21 after aerial engagement with an F-16.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthman in a hospital on Saturday, 2 March.

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  • Abhinandan crossed the border with Director India in Pakistan’s Foreign Office Dr Fareha Bugti and IAF Group Captain Joy Thomas Kurien
  • Pilot Abhinandan was arrested after an IAF aircraft was shot down by Pakistan on 27 February
  • Pak PM Imran Khan on 28 February said that Abhinandan was being released as a “peace gesture”
  • Abhinandan was released after multiple delays by the Pakistan authorities through the day

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Ministers VK Singh, Rajyavardhan Rathore Hope for an Early Return of IAF Pilot

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Thursday, 28 February, called Abhinandan an “embodiment of a mentally tough, selfless and courageous soldier” and expressed hope for an early return of the pilot.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore had also prayed for his well-being and early return.

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Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal has said that the IAF Wing Commander is “safe and healthy”, reported Dawn.

“India has raised the matter of the pilot with us. We'll decide in a couple of days what convention will apply to him and whether to give him Prisoner of War status or not,” Faisal added.

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