Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said he want to receive Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at the Wagha Border on Friday when he will come back to the nation.
Punjab CM, who is on Amritsar visit as a part to review the security arrangement and stock the ground situation said on tweet had made after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced in Pakistan Parliament that they will release IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan.
Punjab Chief Minister Singh tweeted, ‘Dear
@narendramodi ji, I’m touring the border areas of Punjab & I’m presently in Amritsar. Came to know that @pid_gov has decided to release #AbhinandanVartaman from Wagha. It will be an honour for me to go and receive him, as he and his father are alumnus of the NDA as I am.
Dear @narendramodi ji , I’m touring the border areas of Punjab & I’m presently in Amritsar. Came to know that @pid_gov has decided to release #AbhinandanVartaman from Wagha. It will be a honour for me to go and receive him, as he and his father are alumnus of the NDA as I am.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 28, 2019
Captain Amarinder Singh welcomed the Pakistan Prime Minister’s, Imran Khan announcement to release the IAF Wing Commander Abinandan. He said that the move will help to de-escalate the tension between two nations – India and Pakistan.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had on Wednesday morning ejected from his aircraft on PoK side after the MIG 21 shot down following Air Combat with Pakistan Air Force. He was later taken into custody by Pakistan Armed Forces.
Punjab Chief Minister also met the father of CRPF martyr Sukhjinder Singh, who lost his life in the Pulwama Terror Attack of February 14 that claimed the lives of at least 40 CRPF Personnel. He also assured him of all possible assistance from the Punjab State Government.
While hoping that the normalcy would return soon at the border, the CM said the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-backed terror forces was an act of cowardice, necessitating the retaliation by the Indian government.
During his visit to Tarn Taran Sector to assess the ground situation, Captain Amarinder Singh interacted with residents of at least 15 border villages, including Shaheed Baba Tara Singh Wala, Rajoke, Kalia Shatara, Dholan, Lakhna and Kals. He urged the residents to remain calm and not to be swayed by rumours.
Punjab CM also visited the BSF’s 14th Battalion Headquarters at Khemkaran and took stock of the situation. He was briefed about the Defence Preparedness by IG BSF Mahipal Yadav. ‘We are with you’ He told BSF Men reported Hindustan Times.