India Pakistan NEWS highlights: Welcome home! IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman crosses over to India at Wagah Attari border

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New Delhi | Updated:Mar 01, 2019 11:43:56 pm

Wing Commander Abhinandan Release highlights: IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has entered India from Wagah Attari Border. He was brought to Lahore today and after munch delay handed over to Indian authorities.

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IAF Pilot Abhinandan Release at Wagah Attari Border highlights: Captured Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman is back in India. According to latest reports IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been handed over to the Indian authorities by Pakistan. Wing Commander Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan authority. This comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday announced in Parliament in Islamabad that the Wing Commander would be released on Friday as a โ€œgesture of peaceโ€

Earlier in a stern message to Pakistan, India yesterday ruled out any deal on the return of Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. New Delhi has sought unconditional and immediate return of the IAF pilot, according to a PTI report. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Islamabad was “willing to consider returning Indian pilot” if it leads to ‘de-escalation’, the report said. IAF and Indian Army will jointly address media this evening.

The Narendra Modi government wanted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to walk the talk on investigating the Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. New Delhi also asserted that it wants strict and prompt action against terrorists who are using Pakistan soil to carry out attacks in India. It has firmly said it has not asked for any consular access to the IAF pilot.

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23:41 (IST)01 Mar 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind tweets

Here's what President Ram Nath Kovind tweets on Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's return to India. he was held captive by Pakistan for two days.

22:44 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweets on pilot's return

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has tweeted on the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He was in Pakistan's captivity in last two days.

22:33 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Virat Kohli tweets on IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's return

Indian cricket captain tweets on IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's return to India. Here's what he tweeted

22:29 (IST)01 Mar 2019
PM tweets on IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's return

Here's what PM Narendra Modi tweeted on IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's return after two days of capitivity in Pakistan

22:27 (IST)01 Mar 2019
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IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman has returned to India watch video here.

22:02 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Pakistan recorded video statement of Abhinandan Varthaman

The handing over of pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to India at Wagah was delayed on Friday as he was asked to record a statement on camera by Pakistani authorities before he was allowed to cross the border, according to PTI. 

21:48 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Abhinandan Varthaman was accompanied by IAF offficial

IAF Wing Commander AbhinandanVarthaman was accompanied by IAF Group Captain Joy Thomas Kurien, Defence Attache to Indian High Commission in Pakistan.

21:44 (IST)01 Mar 2019
IAF issues statement

'Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been handed over to us. He will now be taken for a detailed medical checkup because he had to eject from an aircraft. IAF is happy to have him back', Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor is quoted by ANI as saying at Wagah-Attari border.

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21:25 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Wing Commender Abhinandan Varthaman enters India through Wagah-Attari border

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has entered  Indian border through  Wagah-Attari border. The  IAF official was in Pakistan custody for close to 60 hours.

21:19 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Abhinandan Varthaman reaches Wagah-Attari border

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman reaches Wagah-Attari border, reports ANI. He was in Pakistancaptivityty last two days.  He will cross over to India soon.

21:00 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Pakistani F-16 was shot down by an IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft

Top officers of the services at a Tri-service media conference yesterday  unveiled fragments from a missile they said matched the Pakistani F-16 fighter jet that crossed into Indian airspace and was shot down

Read: Pakistani F-16 was shot down by an IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft

20:51 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Handover may take place at 9 pm

Pakistan has changed the timing of handover of IAF's Wing Commander AbhinandanVarthaman twice. Ministry of defence is keeping a close watch on proceedings. The handover might now take place at 9 pm tonight.

20:37 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India corners Pakistan in OIC meet

In its 50th anniversary year and despite Pakistani opposition and boycott the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attending the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting in Abu Dhabi is a significant achievement and attests to India’s secular and economic credentials, says a former diplomat.

Read: OIC snubs Pakistan: India corners western neighbour in OIC meet

20:31 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India corners western Pakistan in OIC meet

In its 50th anniversary year and despite Pakistani opposition and boycott the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attending the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting in Abu Dhabi is a significant achievement and attests to India’s secular and economic credentials, says a former diplomat.

Read here:  OIC snubs Pakistan: India corners western neighbour in OIC meet

18:54 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Kupwara (J&K) encounter on, One CRPF personnel martyred

Kupwara (J&K) encounter: One CRPF personnel has lost his life and three CRPF personnel injured, firing continues. (ANI) 

18:39 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Ceasefire violation by Pakistan along LoC in J&K

Pakistan continues initiating unprovoked ceasefire violation by heavy shelling with Mortars & Firing of small arms along LoC in Mendhar, Balakote & Krishna Ghati Sectors  of J&K. Indian Army retaliated strongly & effectively.

18:32 (IST)01 Mar 2019
IAF Pilot Abhinandan Release at Wagah Attari Border Live: Beating Retreat ends on Pakistan side

According to reports from across the border are that the Beating Retreat ceremony on the Pakistani side has ended. India cancelled the event for the day given the usually high presence of spectators at the ceremonial event.

18:05 (IST)01 Mar 2019
IAF Pilot Abhinandan Release at Wagah Attari Border Live: Presser at Wagah Attari Border

AVM RGK Kapoor presser at Attari border any time. IAF Pilot Abhinandan Wing Commander is expected to cross over to India shortly.

17:13 (IST)01 Mar 2019
IAF Pilot Abhinandan Release at Wagah Attari Border Live: Mamata Banerjee tweets
16:50 (IST)01 Mar 2019
IAF Pilot Abhinandan Release at Wagah Attari Border Live: WC is at Wagah border, to crossover soon

According to media reports IAF pilot Abhinandan has arrived at Wagah border. He is still on the Pakistani side and will crossover to the Indian side anytime now. Pakistani news TV channels are showing video footage of a heavily-guarded convoy arriving on the Pakistani side of the border.

16:40 (IST)01 Mar 2019
IAF Pilot Abhinandan Release at Wagah Attari Border Live: India to welcome its hero
16:30 (IST)01 Mar 2019
IAF Pilot Abhinandan Release at Wagah Attari Border Live:

Pakistan: Visuals from Wagah in Lahore; IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will soon be handed over to the Indian Air Force at Attari-Wagah border. 

16:11 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: Suspected spy arrested in Delhi

According to police, IAF officials from Brar Square, Delhi Cantt informed the police that a man tried to enter the official premises today morning. IAF and Police jointly interrogated him. His medical examination is underway. (ANI)

15:56 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: This is new India - PM Modi

This is a new India, an India that will return the damage done by terrorists with interest, says PM NArendra Modi in Kanyakumari

15:54 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: Opposition should clarify who they support, asks PM Modi

They should clarify- Do they believe our armed forces or they believe those forces who support terrorism on our soil? I want to tell them- Modi will come and go, India will remain. Please stop weakening India to strengthen your own politics: PM Modi in Kanyakumari

15:52 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: Statements of some people are being happily quoted in Pakistan, says PM Modi
15:50 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: PM Modi attacks opposition, slams them for questioning armed forces

PM Modi in Kanyakumari: Sadly, a few parties, guided by Modi hatred have started hating India. No wonder, while the entire nation supports our armed forces, they suspect the armed forces. The world is supporting India’s fight against terror but a few parties suspect our fight against terror. These are the same people whose statements are helping Pakistan & harming India. They are the same people whose statements are being happily quoted in Parliament of Pakistan and in the radio of Pakistan. I want to ask them- do you support our armed forces or suspect them? 

15:48 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: Security review meeting at Defence Ministry

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today held a security review meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the three services chiefs. (ANI)

15:46 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: PM Modi on India's reaction after 26/11 and Uri & Pulwama

PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Kanyakumari: 26/11 happened, India expected action against terrorists but nothing happened. When Uri and Pulwama happened, you saw what our brave soldiers did. I salute those who are serving the nation. 

15:35 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: PM Narendra Modi hails Indian Armed Forces

The events of the past few days have demonstrated yet again the strength of our armed forces. It has also brought our nation closer. The way the nation has supported our armed forces is extra-ordinary and I bow to every Indian for that: PM Narendra Modi 

15:25 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: IAF Pilot Abhinandan handed over to Indian high commission

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been handed over to Indian high commission by Pakistani authorities in Islamabad. The IAF Pilot is likely to cross Attari border any time shortly.

15:17 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: Punjab CM on receiving IAF Pilot Abhinandan

Punjab CM: Would love to go (to receive Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman ) but there's laid out protocol whenever anybody comes back like happened to Prisoners of war in '65 & '71, they had to first go for medical & then be debriefed. I think same process will be followed here. (ANI)

15:13 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan NEWS LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi hails WC Abhinandan

PM Narendra Modi in Kanyakumari,Tamil Nadu: Every Indian is proud that the brave Wing Commander #Abhinanadan is from Tamil Nadu 

15:11 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News Live: China welcomes release of IAF pilot

China on Friday welcomed Pakistan's decision to release the Indian Air Force pilot and encouraged the two countries to engage in more counter terrorism cooperation and dialogue for the regional peace and stability. Pakistan is set to release captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as a "first step" to open negotiations with India. Pakistan detained the pilot following a fierce engagement between air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control when his MiG 21 fighter jet was downed. (PTI)

14:55 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: IAF team arrives at Attari border to receive Abhinandan Varthaman

Indian Air Force team reaches Attari border to receive Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The IAF pilot was captured by Pakistani forces after his MiG 21 crahed in Pakistan occupied  Kashmir during a face-off with an F16 fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force on February 27. 

14:35 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: Beating Retreat ceremony at Attari border suspended for today

The Beating Retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah Border will not be held today. Senior team of the Indian Air Force will receive Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, says Amritsar Deputy Commissioner of Police Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon.

14:28 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: The story of Varthamans and their love for IAF MiG-21s

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman belongs to a family of India Air Force officers.  His father Air Marshal (retd) Simhakutty Varthaman also flew the MiG-21s and was an IAF test pilot. Abhinandan's grandfather was also in the IAF. Read full story here

14:00 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan NEWS LIVE: WATCH- Sushma Swaraj takes a dig at Islamabad
13:53 (IST)01 Mar 2019
India Pakistan News LIVE: Petition filed in Pak court to stop IAF pilot's release

A Pakistani citizen on Friday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court to stop the imminent release of the captured Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinanadan Varthaman, saying he committed crime against the country and should be put on trial here. The petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) sought the court's order to stop Prime Minister Imran Khan's government from handing over the Indian Air Force pilot. The petitioner said the Indian pilot had violated the airspace of Pakistan to bomb the country and therefore he committed crime against Pakistan and should face trial here.  The court has admitted the petition for hearing. IHC chief justice Athar Minhallah will hear the petition ahead of the Indian pilot's handing over to India.  (ANI)

13:48 (IST)01 Mar 2019
Pakistan ignores India's request to sent back Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman by airย 

Hours after Pakistan announced its decision to release Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, India conveyed to Islamabad that it wants him to be sent back via aerial route and not through the Wagah land border, official sources said. However, late in the night, Pakistan communicated to India that he will be returned through the Attari-Wagah border. Read full report here

Earlier in the day, Defence Ministry Officials have said that they believed that the Pakistan Army was actively supporting the Jaish-e-Mohammed and was harbouring the leaders including Masood Azhar in its facilities. Pakistan air intrusion was an attack on military installations, Defence Ministry Officials were quoted as saying by ANI. They have also rejected Pakistan's claims that its air force did not target the Indian military installations during Wednesday's air intrusion.   Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has said that America was expecting "decent news" from both India and Pakistan. Trump, who was in Vietnam capital Hanoi to meet the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un, said he thought there would be "reasonably attractive news" from India and Pakistan. He said both the countries have been going at it and the US was involved. "We have some reasonably decent news, hopefully, it is going to be coming to an end, going on for a long time, decades and decades," Trump asserted.
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