/ Abhinandan Varthaman return : Beating retreat ceremony cancelled ahead of IAF pilot's return

India Today : Mar 01, 2019, 03:12 PM

Wing Commander Abhinandan will be brought back through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post in Amritsar. The IAF pilot is likely to be brought from Rawalpindi to Lahore and handed over first to the International Committee of Red Cross under rules of the Geneva Convention. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has offered to receive Abhinandan Varthaman at the Attari border after release from pakistan captured.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that the country will free Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday as a peace gesture amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Wing Commander Abhinandan will be brought back through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post in Amritsar. The IAF pilot is likely to be brought from Rawalpindi to Lahore and handed over first to the International Committee of Red Cross under rules of the Geneva Convention. Later, the IAF pilot will be brought to the JCP between 12 noon and 2 pm to return home. Wing Commander Varthaman will be debriefed by defence and security officials after his return. The development came almost two days after Pakistan captured him after his MiG-21 Bison fighter jet was shot down in action with Pakistan Air Force jets near the LoC. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has offered to receive Abhinandan Varthaman at the Attari border. Stay with us to catch live news updates of Abhinandan's release.

Actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan here on Thursday claimed, the BJP told him two years ago that there will be war before the Lok Sabha elections. Jana Sena chief revealed this while addressing an election rally in the Kadapa district.

"I was told two years ago war will be coming. You can understand from this what kind of situation our country is in," said Pawan, a former ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).