/ Punjab CM Amarinder wishes to receive pilot Abhinandan at Wagah border, appeals to PM Modi

India Today : Mar 01, 2019, 09:44 AM

India awaits IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's return on Friday, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has appealed to the Modi government that he would like to receive Abhinandan upon his return at the Wagah border. IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be returning to India on Friday. Amarinder said Abhinandan and his father both studied in NDA, which is his alma mater.

Amarinder also interacted with BSF personnel at the Khalra observation post during his visit to boost the confidence among locals amid tension between India and Pakistan.

The chief minister extended all support from his government to the BSF to deal with the current situation. "We are there for you," he told the BSF personnel.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Thursday evening that Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured on Wednesday after his emergency parachute crossed over to the Pakistani side, will be released as a message of peace.

Abhinandan was fighting off Pakistani F-16 jets when the Pakistani military shot down his MiG 21. Though he managed to eject from the jet, he crossed over to Pakistani territory.