Indian Pilot ‘missing in action’ is in Pakistan custody: MEA

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NEW DELHI: Indian Pilot ‘Abhinandan  Varthaman’ is in Pakistan custody, confirms’ Ministry of external  affairs’ and demanded his safe return from Pakistan.

Pakistan tried to attack Indian military Installations, Further MEA claims.

In this engagement “One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft `F-16’ was shot down by Indian Air Force and we have also lost one MiG 21. Pilot is missing in action. He is in their custody, claims Pakistan.

Abhinandan Varthaman belongs to a family of bravehearts, his wife Tanvi is also a retired IAF officer Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s wife, Tanvi Marwah, has also served in the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a Squadron Leader. Tanvi was honoured several times for her bravery. She has an exceptional title in the IAF and also has an extraordinary record in the IAF, media report said.

Earlier, it came to light that IAF Pilot, Abhinandan, who has been captured by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Wednesday, is the son of a highly decorated officer. His father Simhakutty Varthaman is a retired Air Marshal. The ancestral roots of captive Commander are in Thirupanamoor village, Tamil Nadu. Vardaman has two children and his father lives in Selaiyur near Tambaram, the media reports said.

The relatives of Commander identified him after pictures and videos of him went viral on social media and are praying for his safe return from Pakistan.



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