Moments after Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman entered the Indian border through the Wagah-Attari border, Indian Air Force Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, who was one of the personnel to welcome him, addressed the media.
Keeping his briefing short and to the point, the IAF Vice Marshal revealed that the Indian pilot would next be taken for a check up given he had to eject from the aircraft.
"Wing Commander Abhinandan has just been handed over as per standard procedure of the Indian Air Force. He will now be taken for a detalied medical checkup. This checkup is mandated particularly because officer has had to eject from an aeroplane which would have put his entire body under great stress. IAF is happy to have Abhinandan back," he told media.
Though, none of the officials present at the border took questions related to the delay in Wing Commander Abhinandan returning to India. It was reported that he would be handed over to the Indian contingent by 3-4 pm, but the pilot only put his foot at the Indian territory just past 9 pm.
On February 27, a day after Indian Air Force conducted air strikes inside Pakistan territory and bombed camps of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed - orchestrator of Pulwama terror attack - the Pakistan Air Force aircrafts tried to infiltrate the Indian airspace and attack military establishments.
Three F-16 jets entered the Indian territory, following which the Indian Air Force sent their own aircrafts on air to tackle them. Within no time, the Pakistani F-16s were forced back, and one of their jet was even shot down by IAF's MiG 21.
It was during this very confrontation with Pakistan Air Force that Wing Commander Abhinandan's jet was shot, and he ended up landing in PoK, following which he was taken into custody.
The Indian government put enormous pressure on Pakistan for his release, and found support from a number of countries.
A dossier was also sent by the Indian government in this regard to Pakistan, in which an ultimatum was given to Imran Khan's government demanding 'safe and immediate' return of the Indian Air Force pilot.