The citizens of the country are delighted as Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is set to return to India after being handed over by Pakistan. Apart from the netizens, who have been conveying their excitement ever since the news of his release was announced, many celebrities had also tweeted about the brave IAF pilot. Virender Sehwag was among the celebrities who took to Twitter to share his joy on the occasion.
The former Indian opener addressing a message to the IAF Wing Commander tweeted that the country is proud to welcome him back and that they ‘bow down’ to his 'skills, grit and courage'. He also used the hashtag #WelcomeBackAbhinandan and shared a sketch of the IAF pilot with his quote while dealing with Pakistan Army, “I’m not supposed to tell you this.” The cricketer-turned-commentator concluded his post with #WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis. "How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you. #WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis," wrote Sehwag.
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.
MIG-21 Bison 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.
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'