“Thank you my friends for your concern and wishes. I thank God for his blessings, Abhi is alive, not injured, sound in mind, just look at the way he talked so bravely…a true soldier… we are so proud of him. I am sure all your hands and blessings are on his head , prayers for his safe return, I pray that he does not get tortured, and comes home safe and sound in body and mind. Thank you all for being with us in this hour of need. We draw our strengths from your support and energy,” said former Air Marshal Varthaman, the father of Abhinandan, the IAF pilot who was captured by Pakistan this afternoon.
India confirming that Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan said that no harm should be caused to him, adding it has conveyed strong objection to the neighbouring country at the vulgar display of an injured personnel in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.
The Pakistani acting high commissioner was summoned on Wednesday afternoon by the MEA to lodge a strong protest at the unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan against India, including by violation of the Indian air space and targeting of Indian military posts.