Pakistan Frees Indian Pilot Who Was Beaten by a Mob and Then Served Tea


NEW DELHI — When an Indian fighter pilot who had been captured by Pakistan was launched on Friday, it capped a humiliating episode for India and a surreal week for him.

First the pilot, Wing Cmdr. Abhinandan Varthaman, was hovering by the sky in a MiG-21 on Wednesday. Then he was shot down by Pakistani forces.

After parachuting into enemy territory and being surrounded by a mob, he tried to eat a few of the paperwork he was carrying, in keeping with Indian information media experiences. He was then badly crushed earlier than being rescued by Pakistani troops.

But that wasn’t the top of it. Over the subsequent few days, movies of him being interrogated in Pakistani custody unfold on social media around the globe.

He had been scheduled to emerge hours earlier at 5 p.m., and Indian officials said they did not know the reason for the delay. But they seemed unfazed and said Wing Commander Varthaman was happy to be back on Indian soil.

Several outside nations, including the United States and China, had been urging Pakistan to release the pilot to de-escalate the crisis.

On Tuesday, India took the bold step of sending a dozen warplanes into Pakistan. They dropped bombs on what India claimed was a terrorist training camp, though witnesses in the area said the bombs had fallen in an empty forest, injuring one man, an older villager.



Source link Nytimes.com

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