How the nation reacted when an Indian Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured?
Abhinandan, Pilot of IAF, was captured on Wednesday after the Air strike
After the famous air strike went viral, an Indian Air Force Pilot Abhinandan, was found to be missing. India, therefore, had to respond to Pakistan concerning this. At present, the Government of India expects the country to safely return the pilot home. This was certainly the violation of the Geneva Convention from the side of Pakistan.
Indeed, this had been the first time since 1971 when two countries came face-to-face on air. According to the Indian government, the activity had been an “unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan.” Even though such an attempt was expected from Pakistan, still, Indian Army wanted to target only terrorists, not the entire country.
This particular act angered the entire country and the Army at large. Certainly, critical steps will be taken against Pakistan if they failed to return the missing pilot soon enough.
What exactly Pakistan did?
Geneva conventions had been developed back in the 20th century after World War II. These conventions provide detailed information about how the country should treat the prisoners. These prisoners are either enemy country civilians or individuals who participated in the war.
However, according to the pictures revealed, he was seen manhandled by Pakistanis.
— Rudra Narayan Roy (@rudra_speaks) February 27, 2019
— Dera Bugti (@DeraBugti) February 27, 2019
The life of the pilot is in danger in the hands of Pakistan. According to the convention, “prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.”
However, recently, a new video is getting viral over social media at this time. Pakistan media released a video about how Abhinandan Varthaman was rescued by the Pakistani Army after the collective questions were asked about the harsh treatment by Pakistan Army.
A man in uniform commands respect even from his enemies 🇮🇳♥️
A sigh of relief after watching this video , hope the Geneva convention is thoroughly followed and Wing Commander #AbhiNandan returns to India & his family soon!
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) February 27, 2019
You can notice one thing in the video: he never mentioned or revealed any secret that can drag India in danger.
How India reacted?
India did not like to see the vulgar act of Pakistan. New Delhi said, “India also strongly objects to Pakistan’s vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defense personnel in its custody.”
Pakistan claimed that the captured Army officer had been treated according to the codes of Military. However, initially, the country claimed to capture two of the pilots but later changed the statement.
The anger of Indians provoked when they saw the released pictures and videos about how the pilot was blindfolded and treated. Such videos were taken off, and a new one was soon released where Abhinandan Varthaman was observed saying positive words about the treatment.
Still, Twitter has become a virtual war station where both Indians and Pakistan are fighting over the happening.
This is what, unfortunately, posted by a Pakistani on twitter. This is certainly not true.
Look into the eyes of this man, he is Sipahi Maqbool Hussain who was tortured by Indian forces for 40 years and India never observed Geneva convention
I cant believe warmongers like you are begging for mercy now. Look at this guy again pic.twitter.com/jR5TBOolxo
— Dr Shahid Masood🇵🇰 (@DrSMFanClub) February 27, 2019
To his reply, many Indians tried to bring in some real knowledge.
i think you should remember 1971 war. On August 2, 1972 – eight months after the 13-day India-Pakistan war ended on December 1971 – the two countries signed the Agreement under which India agreed to release all the 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war (POW) its army.
— prasanna (@prasannakrpras1) February 27, 2019
No one trust pakistan.. Early in morning you said 2 indian are captured and in evening iys 1.who will trust you
— Rahul 🌐observer (@rahulku83049581) February 27, 2019
We are not begging for anything. Pak HAS TO follow Geneva Agreement, you have no choice.
And the pics you show are for terrorists and not Pak Army officials. India had treated well ALL the Pak PoW well. Just use Google & brain more.
— Jiteen Khera (@jiteenkhera) February 27, 2019
Geneva convention abhi nahi ho rahi, it already occurred decades back. Tum ab so kar uthe ho?
BTW in 1971 Ind captured 10,000 Paki military people and all were treated with respect, given food, clothes, shelter and protection. Then sent back to their country
— Jiteen Khera (@jiteenkhera) February 27, 2019
He was a terrorist, idiot. Abhinandan is not.
— Kaustav Biswas (@kaustav_tatu) February 27, 2019
Recent updates on this
The news states that Pakistan finally agreed to give the beloved pilot back to India. This had been good news for many Indians.
This is how Indians reacted to the news
I can only smile at the thought that Wing Commander Abhinandan will be safely home with his family tomorrow. Happy to acknowledge anyone who helped make it possible, for whatever reason. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) February 28, 2019
Eagerly waiting for our braveheart to return home. 🙏 #WelcomeBackAbhinandan
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 28, 2019
Decision to Release #Abhinanadan is a Special Gift for this Little innocent Angel from Pakistan..❤
Regards Pakistanis..#LetBetterSensePrevail #WelcomeBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/iAG8qWFfs4
— JahanZaib (@_jahanzaibb) February 28, 2019
Several tweets were released as an aspect of war over twitter. After the Pulwama attack, PM Modi decided to permit an air attack that killed about nearly 300 to 350 terrorists. The vulgar attack on Wing Commander had been unexpected for Indians. It is expected that the country returns Abhinandan Varthaman soon enough, within seven days. If not, they can face severe consequences. Certainly, this aspect was taken seriously by Pakistan and they finally decided to give him back. However, the primary question remains: Will there be a war even after this step?