Wing Commander Indian Air Force Abhinandan in the custody of Pakistani security forces. He was flying one of the aircraft which were shot down by PAF in Pakistani airspace this morning.
When asked about further details the detained pilot replied, “Sorry Sir, that’s all I am supposed to tell you.”
In the video shared by Pakistan, Abhinandan wearing a flight suit is heard saying that he is Wing Commander Abhinandan. He is blindfolded and gives out his service number. He then asks if he is in the custody of the Pakistan military. Later, he refuses to answer further questions.
The video was relased after a press conference held by spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces Major General Asif Ghafoor. It is aldo rumoured that Abhinandan belongs to Chennai. He is also a father of 2 children.
Arrested Indian Pilot. 3 Indian pilots are in Pakistan custody. pic.twitter.com/mL3Ec5vgAu
— Siasat.pk (@siasatpk) February 27, 2019
As soon as the video surfaced people from India concerned about the safe return of Abhinandan and started trending hashtags such as Say No To War, Bring Back Abinandan, Surgical Strike etc. Celebrities such as Ravichandran Ashwin, Ranganathan Madhavan also voiced out for the safety of Abinandan :
Praying for the safe return of our Brave IAF pilot Abhi. God keep him safe.
— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) February 27, 2019
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 27, 2019
Please stop believing anything we see or hear…let us just pray for the safe return of our IAF WING COMMANDER ABHINANDAN VARTHAMAN service number 27981 who has been captured by Pakistan.. #saynotowar
— VISHNU VISHAL – VV (@TheVishnuVishal) February 27, 2019
Terrorists kill our men. We destroy a terror camp (they deny casualties but don’t deny existence of terror camp). They capture our pilot. This isn’t even on the same footing. #Pakistan supports terror. #India does not. War can’t and won’t change this fact. Neither will diplomacy.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) February 27, 2019
🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 https://t.co/V9EtFyvB6N
— RAAI LAXMI (@iamlakshmirai) February 27, 2019
A social media campaign has started in the past hour #BringBackAbhinandan
— rama lakshmi (@RamaNewDelhi) February 27, 2019
— Puchku 🇮🇳 जय हिंद 🇮🇳 (@MissusPokerFace) February 27, 2019
At this point , our attention should completely shift to Wing Commander #Abhinandan
We want him back to the country he represents , to the country he has given his everything , to the country that is praying for him.
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) February 27, 2019
— Manoj Kumar (@BharatKumar1857) February 27, 2019
Dear @narendramodi @PMOIndia
India will never forgive you if he doesn’t comes back…
Please bring back wing commander Abhinandan Varthman…#BringBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/WiDWTkZo08
— Unofficial Bhakt (@BhaktUnofficial) February 27, 2019
Stay strong soldier #Abhinandan
— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) February 27, 2019
— Kishan Kumar Prajapati (@Kisna_kp) February 27, 2019
— திரு.சரக்கஸம் (@VjRiaz) February 27, 2019
Disturbing, Depressed #Abinandan
— Gobinath Chandran (@Gobinath_C) February 27, 2019
While whole country wants #Abhinandan back
1. Mr Jaitley is in Chattisgarh attending BJP Programs
2. Mr Modi is ready for mega-video interaction tomrow
3. Mr Doval has not spoken a word
and Sitharaman who use to give press conference every now and then is not visible anymore
— nehr_who (@Nehr_who) February 27, 2019
I hope the government will take the right measures to bring back our pilot safe! My prayers and strength to the officer & his family!!
— S.R.Prabhu (@prabhu_sr) February 27, 2019
Pakistan said it does not wish to escalate tensions with India and is not interested in going to a war. “Our action was an act of self-defence,” Pakistan said.