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Happy that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is returning home: IAF

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in Parliament on Thursday that Varthaman would be released on Friday as a 'peace gesture'

Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor:
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Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor and Navy Rear Admiral DS Gujral at the joint briefing

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The Indian Air Force Thursday said it is very happy that captured pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is returning home but dismissed suggestions it was a goodwill gesture, insisting it was in line with the Geneva Conventions.

"We are very happy Abhinandan will be freed tomorrow and look forward to his return," Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor, assistant chief of Air Staff, told a news conference.

Varthaman's MiG 21 was shot and he bailed out after bringing down two Pakistani F-16 fighters during a dogfight to repel a Pakistani attack on Wednesday morning, he said. He has been in Pakistan

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First Published: Feb 28 2019 | 8:14 PM IST

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