Hailing Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for his courage, former opener batsman Virender Sehwag said Friday that the nation is proud to have him back. After being in the custody of Pakistan Army for two days, the IAF pilot was returned to India at the Attari-Wagah border crossing.
Stating that the entire nation is proud of the IAF pilot for his valour, Sehwag tweeted, ” How proud we are to have you! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage ?? #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you. #WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis”
How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage ?? #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3T
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1 March 2019
Real Hero. I bow down to you. Jai Hind 🙏🙏🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/kDgocwpclA
#WelcomehomeAbhinandan. The nation is proud of you🇮🇳
Eagerly waiting for wing commander #AbhinanadanVarthaman to put his foot on the Indian soil.Proud of him and his parents& the #IndianAirForce for inculcating the spirit he has shown & lived by.He is our true hero.Salutes to you Sir. #WelcomeBackAbinandan #IndianAirForce#JaiHind
— Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) 1 March 2019
Our soldier has finally returned to his motherland. Truly a symbol of mental strength and bravery.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) 1 March 2019
In my time alive on this ?? planet, I haven’t seen a bigger hero. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) 1 March 2019
— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) 1 March 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 1 March 2019
Welcome home #Abhinandanhero Real hero of our Nation.. This is where you belong..proud of you ????????????????????????
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1 March 2019
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) 1 March 2019
Welcome back Abhinandan sir, the entire nation is proud of your selflessness and bravery ! We salute you ???? Jai Hind!#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) 1 March 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1 March 2019
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) 1 March 2019
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) 1 March 2019
Welcome home to Wing Commander Abhinandan. #Abhinandan ????
— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) 1 March 2019
— Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) 1 March 2019
Your bravery & patriotism is an inspiration to one & all. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan🇮🇳
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) March 1, 2019
Welcome back #AbhinandanVartaman 🇮🇳 👏🏼
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) March 1, 2019
Irrespective of the tough circumstances, you performed your duties so well, welcome back! #AbhinandanReturns
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 1, 2019
Welcome home Wing Commander #Abhinandan The citizens of this great nation salute you. You have lifted the morale of the country and inspired everyone.
— Moulin (@Moulinparikh) March 1, 2019
Relief. Joy. Moved. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 1, 2019
Welcome home Wing Cmdr #AbhinandanVarthaman 🇮🇳 Saluting your bravery, humility, integrity and resolve.
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) March 1, 2019
We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan 🇮🇳
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 1, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 1, 2019
A big salute to wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman #Abhinandan. He is the real hero #Hero. A very big salute to the defence team & IAF on the successful surgical strike. Great respect #respect to our PM Narendramodi ji @narendramodi.#JaiHind #Peace #Salute #IAF #Bravery. pic.twitter.com/RUvCZsha7w
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) March 1, 2019
Welcome home IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanji. Entire nation is proud of you. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan
— Hima Das (@HimaDas8) March 1, 2019
We all are proud of your courage Wing Commander Abhinandan!
Welcome back home. #WelcomeHomeAbinandan
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) March 1, 2019
Our brave pilot #Abhinanadan after having ejected on d other side of d boarder n being in thr captivity is back home.We r proud of u n all our armed https://t.co/Ify1t0VAmt dis escalated situation between d2 countries,also would like 2 recognize d humanitarian gesture #JaiHind
#WelcomehomeAbhinandan. We bow to your courage and bravery. Jai hind🇮🇳
— Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) March 1, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1 March 2019
Real Hero. I bow down to you. Jai Hind ???????????? pic.twitter.com/kDgocwpclA
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1 March 2019
The IAF pilot’s family members were greeted with a standing ovation when they boarded a flight to Amritsar, from where they would travel to the border crossing.
The IAF pilot landed in Pakistan’s custody when his MiG 21 Bison aircraft was shot down after he engaged with Pakistan Air Force jets that violated Indian air space. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday announced that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman would be released as a gesture of peace and the first step to open negotiations with New Delhi.
India had sought the unconditional and immediate repatriation of the IAF pilot, underlining that his release could not be a bargaining chip.