Leaders hail valour of Abhinandan

PM says India proud of his courage

March 02, 2019 12:39 am | Updated 01:04 pm IST - New Delhi

Wagah: Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side, Friday, March 1, 2019. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile. (PTI Photo)(PTI3_1_2019_000235B)

Wagah: Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side, Friday, March 1, 2019. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile. (PTI Photo)(PTI3_1_2019_000235B)

Leaders cutting across party lines welcomed the return of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the nation was proud of his exemplary courage. “Welcome Home Wing Commander, Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage,” he tweeted.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, “Proud of you Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman. The entire nation appreciates your valour and grit. You held your calm in the face of adversity.”

BJP president Amit Shah said the entire nation was proud of the courage and valour of the pilot.

“Dear Wing Commander Abhinandan, entire nation is proud of your courage and valour. India is glad to have you back. May you continue to serve the nation and IAF with unparalleled passion and dedication. Best wishes for your bright future,” he said.

Congress president said his dignity, poise and bravery had made all in India proud. “Wing Cdr. Abhinandan, your dignity, poise and bravery made us all proud. Welcome back and much love,” he said on Twitter.

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