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Independence Day awards: 5 IAF pilots who carried out Balakot air strikes to get gallantry award

The fighter planes had destroyed the JeM camp in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s province after entering Pakistani airspace for the first time in 48 years following a suicide bombing claimed by the terror group.

Forty troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed in the car bombing in Pulwama on February 14 that led to escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan.(PTI)
Forty troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed in the car bombing in Pulwama on February 14 that led to escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2020 03:56 AM IST
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IAF pilot returned in 24 hrs because I’m in Delhi: Modi

He also took a jibe at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do.

He also took a jibe at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
He also took a jibe at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 22, 2019 12:53 AM IST
Patan | ByPress Trust of India

‘Good to be back’: IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on Indian soil after 58 hours in Pak Army custody

The release of the 38-year-old Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was announced by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday in a “gesture of peace”.

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. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile.(PTI)
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. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2020 04:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

IAF pilot made to record video by Pakistan before being handed over to India

The heavily edited video had several jump cuts apparently to fit Pakistani propaganda.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s plane was downed when IAF planes foiled an attempt by Pak Air Force to target Indian military installations in J&K on February 27(ANI photo)
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s plane was downed when IAF planes foiled an attempt by Pak Air Force to target Indian military installations in J&K on February 27(ANI photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2019 10:45 PM IST
Lahore | ByPress Trust of India

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

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 pilotFollow Highlights here:

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)
Updated on Apr 20, 2020 08:54 PM IST
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