ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has refuted allegations that Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was launched after a delay, diplomatic sources mentioned on Saturday.
Wing Commander Abhinandan was captured on Wednesday when his MiG-21 amongst two Indian navy plane was shot down by Pakistan Air Drive after they ventured into the Pakistani airspace. Rangers officers handed over the captured pilot to Indian officers at Wagah border crossing on Friday night time.
Diplomatic sources mentioned, “Indian media reviews relating to a delay in handing over the captured pilot are primarily based on lies.”
“Indian pilot Abhinandan was not handed over to India after a delay,” they added.
“A time between 8-9pm had been scheduled with Indian authorities for the hand over of the Indian pilot. This time had been scheduled on India’s request,” the sources additional mentioned.
“Indian media is working a propaganda marketing campaign and spreading false information on this regard,” the sources asserted.
Pakistan on Friday launched the captured Indian pilot as a “gesture of peace” in the direction of New Delhi and an effort to de-escalate tensions between the 2 international locations.
The transfer to launch the pilot was introduced Thursday by Prime Minister Imran Khan at a joint session of Parliament, a day after Pakistan shot down two Indian plane that had crossed the Line of Management (LoC) and captured Wing Commander Abhinandan.