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Indian Air Force pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, after being released from Pakistani custody. In a climate of uncertainty and open hostility between nations, the Geneva Conventions play an important role in tempering the aggression of war with a touch of compassion(PTI)

The Geneva Convention tempers war with compassion

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2019 07:42 PM IST
In a world where the treatments of immigrants and refugees is one of the bigger problems we all face, we must remember that we are honour-bound to extend compassion and dignity to everyone – even those we may be ready to kill
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side, Friday, March 1, 2019.(PTI fphoto)
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side, Friday, March 1, 2019.(PTI fphoto)

Highlights| ‘Welcome Home Wing Commander’, tweets PM after IAF pilot’s homecoming

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 08:54 PM IST

Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released by Pakistan as a “gesture of peace” through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post on Friday, two days after he was captured across the Line of Control after shooting down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 jet.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced on Thursday that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be freed on Friday after New Delhi sought his unconditional, immediate and unharmed release signalling a de-escalation in the spiralling tension with New Delhi. Wing Commander Abhinandan was brought by Pakistani authorities from Rawalpindi to Lahore and handed over first to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under rules of the Geneva Convention before being brought to the check post to return home. Watch| Hundreds gather at Attari-Wagah post to welcome IAF pilot

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG 21 was shot as he bailed out after bringing down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet: IAF(ANI photo)
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG 21 was shot as he bailed out after bringing down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet: IAF(ANI photo)

Happy officer will return, Pakistan gesture in line with Geneva Convention: IAF

New Delhi, Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 09:46 PM IST
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG 21 was shot as he bailed out after bringing down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet during the ariel dogfight on Wednesday morning, Air Vice Marshal said.
Major General Surendra Singh Mahal addresses a joint press briefing of the Army, Air Force and Navy in New Delhi.(ANI/Twitter)
Major General Surendra Singh Mahal addresses a joint press briefing of the Army, Air Force and Navy in New Delhi.(ANI/Twitter)

India-Pak tensions Live updates | India counters Pak version of aerial dogfight

UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2020 09:07 PM IST
India-Pak tensions Live updates: India has asked Pakistan to ensure immediate release and safe return of the IAF pilot who was missing in action after he engaged with Pakistani jets that violated Indian airspace on Wednesday. Follow updates here
Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, in Pakistani custody after his plane was shot down on Wednesday, will be governed under the Geneva Convention of 1929.(AFP)
Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, in Pakistani custody after his plane was shot down on Wednesday, will be governed under the Geneva Convention of 1929.(AFP)

Delhi demands IAF pilot’s return as per Geneva Conventions

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 10:40 PM IST
The rules protecting prisoners of war (POWs) are specific. They were first detailed in the 1929 Geneva Convention and later amended in the third 1949 Geneva Convention following the lessons of World War II.
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