It's celebration time in India as IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returns to the country. Even Bollywood stars are expressing their gratitude and sharing the joy by taking to their social media profile and welcoming the Wing Commander back.
Welcoming the IAF pilot, Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan took to his official Twitter handle and said ''One of my closest friend says “A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" ~ her husband (a close friend again) is in Air Force..." ABHINANDAN ... स्वागतम , सुस्वागतम्'.
He also shared a caricature of the Wing Commander, which also had the three colours of the Indian flag.
Read his tweet below:
Wing Commander Abhinandan was detained by the Pakistani army after his parachute landed in PoK following the air battle between IAF and Pakistan Air Force aircraft. Flying a MIG-21 Bison, he shot and brought down a Pak F-16 before being hit by ground fire. Wing Commander Abhinandan ejected but his parachute got caught in a westerly heading as a result of which he landed in Pakistani territory and was captured.
Meanwhile, on Thursday Pakistan PM Imran Khan had announced the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan, attempting to stitch together the narrative that it was a 'goodwill gesture'.Hours before IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's release from Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the brave son of the soil for his service to the nation. While addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, Prime Minister said that every Indian is proud that Wing Commander Abhinandan hails from Tamil Nadu.