In a development that publicly confirms that the Pakistani government has admitted defeat in front of India, the Pakistani leader claimed that the Imran Khan government suddenly released the commander of the Indian Air Force (IAF) squadron, Abhinandan Varthaman, fearing an attack from India.
IAF’s wing commander Varthaman landed in Pakistan in February 2019 after an air battle between Indian and Pakistani pilots.
In a speech to the National Assembly, Pakistani Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadik recalled at an important meeting on Wednesday that Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi begged for the release of Wing Commander Bartaman. . Qureshi pointed out that if Pakistan does not release Varthaman, India will attack Pakistan “until 9 that night,” as reported by Pakistani media website Dunya News.
PML-N leaders said they had asked opposition leaders to release the Kuresh-Ah accusations at meetings with parliamentary leaders including the PPP and PML-N, Kamar Jabedbazz and the Army General.
“I remember Shah Mahmoud Kureshi attending a meeting where Imran Khan refused to attend, and Bazwa Army Chief of Staff came into the room and his legs were shaking and sweating. The foreign minister sent a criticism team. India is trying to attack Pakistan at 9 PM,” Sadiq recalled the events of an important meeting, as Dunya News reported.
According to Dunya News, Sadiq said the opposition party supported the government in all matters, including Abhinandan, but “it will not be possible anymore.”
During a counterattack in response to the Balakot air raid in February 2019, Wing Commander Bartaman, who was flying a MiG 21 bison, was chasing a Pakistani F-16 fighter that invaded and shot down Indian airspace. In February 2019, in a dog fight between the Indian and Pakistani Air Forces, his plane was crossed over to the Pakistani side and shot down.
Wing Commander Bartaman safely exited, but upon landing he was detained by Pakistani forces. He was held captive for nearly 60 hours before being released to India. Wing Commander Varthaman returned to India on March 1, 2019 from the Attari-Wagah border. He also won the Vir Chakra gallantry award in August 2019 in honor of his heroic achievements.
Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the release of Varthaman, calling his decision “a gesture of peace.”