Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday completed the debriefing process of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and was advised to go on sick-leave for a month.
The officer was captured by the Pakistani army after he landed into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) last month while having dogfight with Pakistan Air Force on February 27.
“It’s a standard procedure to send on sick-leave for four weeks after such incident,” sources in the IAF said.
Tensions between both the countries heightened after a CRPF convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 soldiers.
India then carried out “non-military, pre-emptive” air strikes on a Jaish terror training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26.
Amid global pressure, the officer was released after two days by the Pakistan government, calling it a “gesture of peace”.