Indian Air Force(IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in a video message slammed Indian media for negative coverage between India and Pakistan, narrating the entire episode how he was captured after his MIG 21 Jet was shot down by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in violation of Pakistan airspace near Line of control.
“My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan,” he stated for the record in the statement.
Abhinandan, who remained in Pakistan’s custody for past few days and was released through Wagah Border, said two soldiers of the Pakistan Army rescued him from the mob.
“I am a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force. I was in search of the target when your [Pakistan] Air Force shot me down. I had to eject the plane which had sustained damage.
As soon as I ejected and when my parachute opened and when I fell down, I had a pistol with me.”
“There were many people. I had only one way to save myself: I dropped my pistol and tried to run,” he was heard saying in the video.
“Pakistan Army is a very professional service… I have been impressed,” he said in the video message.
He said his fighter jet had been shot due to which he had to use the emergency evacuation, adding that he had violated Pakistan’s airspace to hit some targets.
“People chased me, their emotions were running high. Just then, two Pakistani Army officials came and saved me. Pakistani army captains saved from the people and did not let any harm come to me.
They took me to their unit where I was administered first aid and then I was taken to the hospital where I further underwent a medical exam and received more aid,” he said.
“The Pakistan Army is a very professional service. I see peace in it. I have spent time with the Pakistan Army [and] I am very impressed.”
“Indian media always stretches the truth,” he regretted.
“The smallest of things are presented in a very incendiary manner and people get misled.”