Abhinandan: Eyewitnesses recount dramatic capture of pilot

Source: BBC

Dramatic new details have emerged about the capture of Indian air force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistani forces.

People in Horran village threw stones at the pilot, who fired several warning shots, eyewitnesses told the BBC.

The jet was shot down in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Wednesday after a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani warplanes.

Pakistan now says it will release the pilot on Friday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed the decision in parliament after a speech in which he said Pakistan was focused on de-escalation.

India struck militant camps in Pakistan on Tuesday after an attack on its security forces earlier this month. Pakistan said it had no choice but to retaliate with air strikes on Wednesday.

“My objective was to capture the pilot alive. I had seen the Indian flag on his parachute and knew he was Indian,” Mohammad Razzaq Chaudhry, told the BBC.

The 58-year-old village chief said he saw the MiG-21 fighter jet getting hit and falling to the ground on Wednesday morning. He said he had rushed to the spot as other villagers also headed there.

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