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Pakistan returned Abhinandan fearing attack by India: Pak MP

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A member of parliament in Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that the Imran Khan government had abruptly released IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman fearing an attack by India. Last February, the Indian Air Force pilot was captured by Pakistan after the ugly dogfight between Pakistani and Indian pilots.

During a Parliament session, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq recalls the incident when parliamentary leaders, including PML-N and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had asked to set Abhinandan free after India’s ultimatum to launch an attack on Pakistan at 9 pm.

Dunya News quoted Sadiq as saying, “I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which Imran Khan had refused to attend and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. The foreign minister said for God`s sake let Abhinandan go, India is about to attack Pakistan at 9 PM.”

It further quoted that the Opposition has supported the government in all issues, including Abhinandan but will not be able to further support it.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman came into the limelight when he shot down Pakistan’s  F-16 aircraft in February 2019. He was captured later by Pakistan. Abhinandan returned to India on March 1 via the Attari-Wagah border.

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President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Abhinandan with Vir Chakra on Independence Day for showing exemplary bravery.

BJP reacts to Pakistan MP’s remarks

Reacting to the Pakistani MP’s remarks, BJP’s national president JP Nadda hit out at Congress and said the Opposition doesn’t believe in the strength of India’s forces.

In a series of tweets, JP Nadda said, “Congress Party premised its entire campaign around keeping our armed forces weak. They mocked our armed forces, questioned their valour and tried every trick to ensure India doesn’t get latest Rafale Planes. The people India rejected such politics and punished Congress.”

Nadda said: “Congress’ princeling does not believe anything Indian, be it our Army, our Government, our Citizens. So, here is something from his ‘Most Trusted Nation’, Pakistan. Hopefully, now he sees some light.”

 

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