Army Chief’s Legs Were Shaking, Pakistani Lawmaker Reveals Why IAF Pilot Abhinandan Was Released

A Pakistani parliamentarian said that army chief Qamar Bajwa was sweating and his legs shaking while the country’s foreign minister pleaded for the release of IAF pilot Abhinandan in February 2019

Raghav N

October 29, 2020

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A Pakistani lawmaker has claimed that the country’s Chief of Army Staff, Qamar Javed Bajwa’s legs were shaking and he was sweating while Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi urged the parliamentary leaders to release Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in a meeting in February 2019.

During his address at the National Assembly yesterday, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq recounted the events from last year when Qureshi advocated for the release of the captive Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot, failing which he warned that India would attack Pakistan on the same night at 9 pm. This was the very meeting that their Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to attend.

While the neighbouring nation’s PM had termed their returning of the Indian hero as a peace message to India, the new revelations made by Sadiq paint a different picture.

Abhinandan had landed on Pakistani soil and was captured by their army when his aircraft was shot down during an aerial dogfight.  He was flying an MIG-21 as part of an incursion to stop an intrusion into Jammu and Kashmir by a Pakistani aircraft. A missile struck the IAF pilot’s jet and he landed in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Horran. He was initially attacked by a mob of villagers and then handed over to the army. After more than 60 hours in captivity, he was returned to India at the Wagah border.

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