Pakistan claimed that there was no pressure on the country for the release of Abhinandan Vardhaman, the wing commander of the Indian Air Force. A day earlier, a top opposition leader said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had requested the pilot to be released at a high-level meeting in fear of India’s attack on the country.
The Pakistan Army caught a 37-year-old Indian Air Force pilot on 27 February 2019. Earlier, Pakistan had shot down their MiG-21 Bison jet aircraft. Indian Air Force jets bombed the camps of terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the early hours of 26 February 2019 to avenge the attack on a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. . 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Pulwama terror attack.
Abhinandan shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter plane before the MiG was dropped. He was released by Pakistan on the night of 1 March. Recalling the tension of that day, Ayaz Sadiq, the former Speaker of the National Assembly in Islamabad, said, ‘The legs were shivering, the forehead was sweating and the foreign minister (Qureshi) told us, for Allah to return them (greetings) now Two, because India is about to attack Pakistan at nine o’clock at night.
He said, India was not planning an attack… They only wanted Pakistan to bow down to India and send the greetings back. Reacting to Sadiq’s remarks, Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhary said on Thursday that there was no pressure on Pakistan to release Wing Commander Abhinandan. “This decision was taken by the Government of Pakistan in the wake of peace and the international community welcomed the decision,” the spokesperson said in his weekly press conference.