The Hush Post| 9.29 pm |two-minute-read
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was a Prisoner of War with Pakistan for close to 48 hours has landed at Attari, the Indian side of the border.
He reached the integrated checkpost after completing formalities at Wagah, which is the Pakistan side of the border. He crossed over to the Indian border at about 9.15 pm.
From the Indian side of the border which happens to be Attari, Wing Commander Abhinandan was immediately driven away in a high security cavalcade. After this his detailed medical will be carried out since he had had to eject out of the plane and take a parachute dropping. Also what is to be ascertained is the condition in which the enemy country has handed over our officer to us. Apart from it, his debriefing will be carried out among other things.
Earlier, on the sidelines, India cancelled the beating retreat today. Pakistan also cancelled the beating retreat on their side after learning about India cancelling it.
As per the Geneva convention, the PoWs should be exchanged or returned after sunset to ensure their is no spectacle of individual.
To welcome the officer, thousands of people descended at the Attari border, mostly from Amritsar to welcome Wg Cdr Abhinandan. The media was, due to a reason, kept close to a km away from the border.