IAF pilot Abhinandan awarded India’s third-highest gallantry medal

Indian Air Force (IAF)

Indian Airforce (IAF) pilot and Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman was awarded the Vir Chakra, the third-highest Indian military honour during wartime Monday.

However, Pakistanis ridiculed the Indian authorities as Abhinandan was arrested in 2019 by Pakistani forces after his MiG 21 aircraft was shot down by Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Abhinandan was captured by the Pakistan Army after his aircraft was shot down by the PAF. He was subsequently released a couple of days later by Pakistan as a “peace gesture” by Prime Minister Imran Khan towards India.

As per the Indian media, Abhinandan has been bestowed with the honour of “shooting down a Pakistani F-16 plane during the February 2019 dogfight”.

The Vir Chakra award to Abhinandan was announced in August 2019 but was awarded today in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.


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