Who was the lady walking with IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman
New Delhi : India received Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot held captive by Pakistan for two days, on Friday evening at the Wagah Border. He was received by a delegation of the Indian Air Force (IAF). His documentation to travel from Islamabad was done in the morning itself.
Pakistani authorities brought him from Rawalpindi to Lahore and handed him over to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under rules of the Geneva Convention.
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When Wing Commander Abhinandan was waiting at the other side of the border, a question that popped in a billion Indian minds today is who was the woman walking back with Abhindnan.
Who is Dr Fareeha Bugti ?
Dr Fareeha Bugti is currently Foreign Office’s Director (India). She joined Foreign Office in 2005. She has also served as assistant director of the Foreign Office spokesperson in 2007. Ms Bugti is also one of the main Pak officials handling the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Jadhav has been accused of being an Indian spy. She was also present during the meeting between Jadhav, his mother and wife in Islamabad last year.
How Abhinandan Captured in Pakistan?
Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG 21 had crashed on the other side while he chased down Pakistan’s F16 jets early on Wednesday morning in the latter’s bid to attack India’s military installations.
He was captured by the Pakistani armies under Geneva Convention that outlines the basic rights of wartime prisoner, including civilians and military personnel, establishes protection for the wounded and sick, and gives measures to safeguard civilians in and around a war-zone.
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On Thursday evening, Pakistan PM Imran Khan announced that Varthaman would be released in a gesture of peace. However, India’s armed forces didn’t make much of it and during a joint press briefing the same evening, they said the neighbour was just acting in consonance with the Geneva Convention.