Published On : Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Reaches India

ATTARI-WAGAH BORDER: Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistan after an air encounter between the countries on Wednesday, was handed over to India hours after the scheduled time.

As security personnel and media crew waited for Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s homecoming after two days in Pakistani captivity, “procedural delays” and “documentation problems” were cited as the reason for the hold-up.

To restrict the crowds, an elaborate flag-lowering ceremony at the Wagah crossing between Indian and Pakistani soldiers, which draws thousands of spectators on both sides, was cancelled.