Highlights: Nirmala Sitharaman meets IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman


New Delhi, March 2: Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met Saturday with IAF Wing Pilot Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in Delhi and told him that the entire nation is proud of its courage and determination, said the authorities.

During the meeting at a medical center of the Indian Air Force, it is understood that Varthaman explained to Sitharaman details about his stay of almost 60 hours in Pakistan.

After a tense wait, IAF Pilot Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman was finally handed over to India by Pakistan. He returned home through the Wagah border after spending almost 60 hours in captivity.

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The IAF wing commander, Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, spent almost 60 hours in captivity. Abhinandan, dressed in a suit, crossed the Zero Line at the border of Attari-Wagah at 9.20pm, about four hours later, he was reportedly scheduled to return. He was accompanied by Group Captain J T Kurien, Air Advisor in the High Commission of India, and Fareeha Bugti, Director (India) in the Foreign Office of Pakistan.

The release came a day after Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, addressed a joint session of parliament, in a “gesture of peace” aimed at reducing tensions between the two nations, announced the return of the Indian pilot .