The Indian Air Force is looking forward to the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, stated the Indian Air Vice Marshall RGK Kapoor.
Addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi today along with Army Major General Surendra Mahal and Rear Admiral of Naval force Dalbir Singh Gujral, Kapoor reacted when asked as to how he sees the release of Varthaman as a goodwill gesture by Pak, said: “We see this as a gesture in consonance with Geneva conventions.”
The trio briefed the media about the sequence of events that unfolded during the last 48 hours at the Indo-Pak borders and reassured the countrymen that they are prepared to face any eventuality in case of any aggression from the Pakistani side. To a query whether this tense situation would continue or peace will prevail following the Pak PM’s announcement of Abhinandan’s release, Major General said that it depends on Pakistani forces. ‘Any aggression, we will retaliate, he said.
They later presented the parts of F-16 fighter jets recovered from the scene of offence within the Indian jurisdiction as a piece of evidence to denounce Pakistani claim that it had not used F-16s in the operation. Narrating the sequence, the army chief said the Pak has made 35 attempts so far during the last 2-days targetting military installations along with LoC thereby violating the seize-fire agreement. However, our army has retaliated every attempt with a befitting reply and we will continue to do so, he declared.