Addressing a public meeting in Kanyakumari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “every Indian is proud that the brave Wing Commander Abhinandan is from Tamil Nadu.”
Hours before the expected release of IAF pilot, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday, 1 March, said, “Creating the situation for return of pilot Abhinandan in such a short span of time is our diplomatic victory.”
The IAF pilot, captured by Pakistan during an aerial combat, is likely to cross the Wagah border on Friday afternoon, media reports said.
The IAF, in a joint briefing with the Indian Army and the Navy on Thursday, 28 February, said that it was happy about Abhinandan Varthaman’s return from Pakistan.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced that Pakistan will release captured pilot as a “gesture of peace”