Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lauded the “exemplary courage” of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Vathaman who returned to India after remaining in Islamabad’s custody for nearly 60 hours.
Taking to Twitter, Modi said, “Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!”
Marking a significant step towards de-escalation, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said his country would release the IAF pilot as a “goodwill gesture”.
“I want to say that Pakistan wants peace. We want stability and peace to ensure development. This tension does not benefit either Pakistan or Indian. Nobody wins in a war. That too between two nations which have a very destructive weapon.” he added.