Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Nirmala Sitharaman meets Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

NEW DELHI, March 2: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday met Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was brought to Delhi after he crossed into India through the Attari-Wagah Border check post on Friday.
Sitharaman met the brave IAF officer at a military hospital where he is recovering and undergoing a medical examination.
It is understood that during her meeting with the IAF pilot, the Defence Minister inquired about his health and the sequence of events that led to his landing and subsequent capture in Pakistan.
The Defence Minister also asked him about the treatment given to him by the Pakistanis during his detention.
Wing Commander Abhinandan earlier met Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and briefed him about his detention in Pakistan.
Varthaman, who underwent a medical check-up on Saturday morning at the military hospital, will stay at an Indian Air Force Officers Mess.
He was expected to be debriefed by the IAF on his detention in Pakistan, which is yet to take place.
After a delay of over five hours by Pakistan, Wing Commander Varthaman reached India around 9.20 PM on Friday.
He was in the custody of the Pakistan Army since Wednesday when his parachute drifted and fell inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. (Agencies)