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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)

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

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 03:56 AM IST
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.
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)

IAF pilot returned in 24 hrs because I’m in Delhi: Modi

Patan | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2019 12:53 AM IST
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.
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 04:30 PM IST
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”.
Abhinandan Varthaman finally emerged at 9.10 p.m(IST) at the Wagah checkpost on the Pakistani side, accompanied by Pakistani rangers, the Indian air attache posted in the High Commission in Islamabad(PTI)
Abhinandan Varthaman finally emerged at 9.10 p.m(IST) at the Wagah checkpost on the Pakistani side, accompanied by Pakistani rangers, the Indian air attache posted in the High Commission in Islamabad(PTI)

‘Happy to be back to my country’, says IAF pilot after homecoming

Wagah/Attari | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2019 11:08 PM IST
Hoping to give a hero’s welcome to Wing Commander Varthaman, thousands of Indians gathered on the border carrying the tricolour and garlands since morning.
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)

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

Lahore | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 10:45 PM IST
The heavily edited video had several jump cuts apparently to fit Pakistani propaganda.
Union minister Smriti Irani Friday credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “parakram” (valour) for Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s return from Pakistan within two days of his capture.(HT Photo)
Union minister Smriti Irani Friday credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “parakram” (valour) for Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s return from Pakistan within two days of his capture.(HT Photo)

PM Modi’s ‘parakram’ behind IAF pilot’s return, says Smriti Irani

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 10:50 PM IST
“Sangh (RSS) today can be proud of the fact that a son of India is returning to India in 48 hours due to the ‘parakram’ of a swayamsevak (RSS volunteer),” she said in an apparent reference to Modi.
Beating Retreat Ceremony underway at Wagah border. (file photo)
Beating Retreat Ceremony underway at Wagah border. (file photo)

Retreat ceremony at Attari cancelled, BSF says IAF pilot ‘more important’

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 03:25 PM IST
Hundreds of people are camping at the Attari border in Amritsar since morning today with drums, garlands and flags to receive Wing Commander Varthaman.
The Indian defence establishment was also mulling over sending a special aircraft to Pakistan to bring back Wing Commander Varthaman who was captured by Pakistan during an aerial combat on Wednesday.(ANI)
The Indian defence establishment was also mulling over sending a special aircraft to Pakistan to bring back Wing Commander Varthaman who was captured by Pakistan during an aerial combat on Wednesday.(ANI)

Pakistan ignores India’s request to send back IAF pilot by air: Sources

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 06:37 PM IST
Hours after Pakistan announced its decision to release Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, India conveyed to Islamabad that it wants him to be sent back via aerial route and not through the Wagah land border, official sources said.However, late in the night, Pakistan communicated to India that he will be returned through the Attari-Wagah border.
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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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday played a gambit for de-escalating tensions with India, announcing the release of a captured Indian pilot against the backdrop of pressure from New Delhi.(ANI)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday played a gambit for de-escalating tensions with India, announcing the release of a captured Indian pilot against the backdrop of pressure from New Delhi.(ANI)

Airman coming home: IAF pilot being released as a goodwill gesture, says Imran Khan

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By HT Correspondents & Agencies
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 11:59 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday played a gambit for de-escalating tensions with India, announcing the release of a captured Indian pilot against the backdrop of pressure from New Delhi.
The IT Ministry has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat on Wednesday, according to sources.(PTI Photo)
The IT Ministry has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat on Wednesday, according to sources.(PTI Photo)

YouTube removes 11 video links of IAF pilot Abhinandan upon IT Ministry’s request

New Delhi | By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 10:27 PM IST
The ministry had asked YouTube to remove the clips following directive from the Home Ministry, a government source said, adding that the said links have now been removed.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.(REUTERS)
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.(REUTERS)

Ready to return IAF pilot if it leads to ‘de-escalation’, says Pakistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 04:09 PM IST
Qureshi said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to talk to Indian PM Narendra Modi over telephone and “extend an invitation of peace”.
Tensions have spiked after India and Pakistan said on Wednesday they had shot down each other’s warplanes(REUTERS)
Tensions have spiked after India and Pakistan said on Wednesday they had shot down each other’s warplanes(REUTERS)

India wants Pakistan to walk the talk on terror for de-escalation: Sources

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 10:25 PM IST
Relations have been on edge since India conducted an air strike within Pakistan on a facility of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed the Pulwama terror attack.
Air Marshal (retd) S Varthaman thanked citizens for being with the family in this hour of need(Twitter)
Air Marshal (retd) S Varthaman thanked citizens for being with the family in this hour of need(Twitter)

‘Proud of him, hope he returns home safe’: Father of IAF pilot held by Pak

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 02:27 PM IST
Air Marshal (retd) S Varthaman said in a statement his son talked (in purported videos circulating on social media) like a “true soldier” despite being in captivity
Fatima Bhutto(File)
Fatima Bhutto(File)

Fatima Bhutto seeks release of captured IAF pilot

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 10:56 AM IST
Missing Indian pilot was captured on Wednesday after he ejected safely from his MiG 21 Bison aircraft but landed across the Line of Control.
IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is in the custody of Pakistani authorities after his fighter jet was downed earlier on Wednesday(HT photo/Gurpreet Singh)
IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is in the custody of Pakistani authorities after his fighter jet was downed earlier on Wednesday(HT photo/Gurpreet Singh)

In Pakistan’s custody, IAF pilot is all about dignity, courage

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 11:44 AM IST
India objected to the video put out by Pakistani authorities showing IAF pilot, who landed on the other side of LoC after his plane crashed on Wednesday morning.
Due to India’s high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully, said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.(Reuters)
Due to India’s high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully, said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.(Reuters)

India tells Pakistan to release IAF pilot, protests ‘vulgar display’ of injured

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 03:53 PM IST
The ministry of external affairs had summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah to lodge a strong protest over Pakistan Air Force’s bid to attack Indian military installations.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Opposition parties' meeting to discuss the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and chalk out future strategy for the Lok Sabha polls, at Parliament House complex in New Delhi, Wednesday.(PTI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Opposition parties' meeting to discuss the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and chalk out future strategy for the Lok Sabha polls, at Parliament House complex in New Delhi, Wednesday.(PTI)

‘Hope he will return home soon,’ Rahul Gandhi on missing IAF pilot

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 05:59 PM IST
An IAF pilot who engaged Pakistani jets that violated Indian airspace Wednesday morning was reported missing in action.
Smriti Irani slammed Rahul gandhi for his comment on IAF pilots.(Pradeep Pandit/ HT Photo)
Smriti Irani slammed Rahul gandhi for his comment on IAF pilots.(Pradeep Pandit/ HT Photo)

Rahul Gandhi’s remark on IAF pilots indicates his mindset, says Smriti Irani

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2019 01:20 PM IST
Responding to the Congress president’s comments that Rs 30,000 crore could be given to families of IAF pilots, Irani said that Rahul Gandhi’s remarks indicate the mindset that death can be compensated for money.
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