Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman shows courage and gumption while in Pakistani custody

Abhinandan Varthaman

The Hush Post | 8:02 pm | Two-minute read |

Abhinandan Varthaman, the pilot missing in action is in Pakistan. Pakistan Army has confirmed that Wing Commander Abhinandan is in its custody.

Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG, Maj Gen Asif Gafoor tweeted, “There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody. Wing Comd Abhi Nandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics”.

Earlier, the Pakistan Army had claimed to have arrested two Indian pilots.

The detained Indian pilot is the son of a retired fighter pilot, Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman. Also a Sukhoi 30 pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was commissioned in 2004 as a Flying Officer.

Wing Commander Abhi had scrambled the Pakistani intruding jets in his MiG-21 Bison on Wednesday. In the ensuing ‘dog fight’, his jet was taken down near the LoC and he landed in POK.

Various disturbing videos emerged in the day where Wing Commander Abhinandan was seen badly bruised and being heckled by men.

However, in subsequent videos the officer showed great courage and gumption.

He boldly answered questions put forth by Pakistan Army personnel while blindfolded. He was asked his name, his service number and his religion. However, he refused to answer certain questions related to his squadron saying “I am not supposed to tell you that.”

The video concludes as he asks, “Am I in the custody of Pakistan army?”

In yet another video, he is seen drinking tea and probably speaking to senior Pakistan Army officials. Here he is again asked a couple of questions. Wing Commander Abhi answers a few of them, but only at will.

He is asked what his mission was, to which he replies, “I am not supposed to tell you that.’

Wing Commander Abhi sticks to the same reply when he is asked which machine he was flying. Though clarifies, “You would have seen the wreckage.”

When he is asked where he is from, he tells, “I am not supposed to tell you that, but I am from down south.”

“I am married”, he says upon being questioned.

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