RAWALPINDI – Arrested Indian Airforce (IAF) pilot Abhi Nandan on Wednesday expressed gratitude to the Pakistan Army for their good conduct and hospitality shown to him.
In a video, the relaxed and composed pilot was seen standing with a cup of tea and taking sips from it frequently.
“What is your name?” asked the army officer. “Wing Commander Abhi Nandan,” replied the pilot.
“I hope you have been treated well with us,” he asked.
“Yes I have. I would like to put this on record and I will not change my statement if I go back to my country. The officers of Pakistan Army have looked after me very well. They are thorough gentlemen, starting from the captain who rescued me from the mob and from these jawans, the soldiers. And thereafter the officers of the unit which I was taken to,” replied Abhi Nandan.
“This is what I expect my army to behave and I am very impressed by the Pakistan Army,” he asserted.
“Ok wonderful. So Wing Commander! You hail from which place in India?,” the army officer asked. “ Am I suppose to tell you this? I am sorry Major! I am from down South.
“Are you married?” came the question. “Yes I am,” said the pilot.
“I hope you like the tea?” asks the officer. Nandan replies: “The tea is fantastic, thank you.”
“Not going into the specifics. Which aircraft were you flying?” questioned the army officer. “Im sorry Major. I am not supposed to tell you this but I am sure you found the wreckage,” answered Abhi Nandan.
The army officer also asked the IAF pilot about his mission responding to which he stuck to his previous reply that he is not suppose to reveal the details.
Earlier, the video of Abhi Nandan who was arrested from Azad Kashmir after Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets was released.
“My name is Wing commander Abhi Nandan. My service number is 27981. I am a flying pilot. My religion is Hindu,” the arrested Indian pilot revealed.
When asked to speak more, he replied: “Sorry, Sir. That’s all I’m supposed to tell you.”
The video was released few minutes after Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), concluded his press conference.
“Today morning, Pakistan Air Force engaged with six targets at the LoC. Because we are a responsible state and want peace, we decided that we will not use any military target.” the army spokesperson said.
“As a result of engaging our target, no human life was affected. Staying within our jurisdiction, six targets were locked. And we carried out the strike.”
“Pakistan is not pushing the environment towards war,” he made it clear, adding Pakistan deliberately avoided escalation.
He said Pak armed forces have capability, will, resolve, people backing and all resources. But being a responsible state, we decided that we will not aim any military target. We also wanted to ensure that no human loss or collateral damage is done during our engaging the targets. He said we selected six targets but we hit the areas close to them while keeping a safe distance, in order to demonstrate our capability. This action was purely in self-defense and with no aggressive designs.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said after taking the targets, two aircraft of Indian Air Force violated LoC and entered into Pakistani territory. PAF engaged them and both of these were shot down, with debris of one falling inside our territory and the other in Indian Occupied Kashmir. One Indian pilots was taken into custody and is being treated well.
PAKISTAN DID NOT USE F-16
He said no F-16 of Pakistan was shot down in this action contrary to some reports by Indian media. He said no F-16 was engaged in this action.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said we wanted to show to Indians that we are capable of doing all things, but not at the peril of regional peace. We are a peaceful country and do not want to go to war.
He said we always conveyed peace to India and route to it goes through dialogue. War is failure of policy which India needs to understand. As our Prime Minister said it is easy to start war but difficult to conclude it. We do not want to escalate and are pursuing path of peace. It is also the responsibility of the international community to come forward and play its role as the war will cause irreparable damage to both the countries as well as the region.
Major General Asif Ghafoor further said that people of both countries as well as the region need to live in peace. We need to talk in order to provide our people of health, education and other facilities. T
He said the Government of India should consider our offer of dialogue with calm in order to take the region forward. Pakistan gives a message of peace and India should accept it for peace and stability in the region.
DG ISPR said our action today was in self-defense and we do not want to claim any victory on it. He urged the Pakistani media to continue its objective reporting and the one that leads to peace.
Responding to a question, he said if aggression was imposed on us we will definitely give a response under compulsion.
Indian pilot says he is being looked after well in Pakistan after he was taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/Ig7cLkH2As
— Salman Masood (@salmanmasood) February 27, 2019
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