While the entire nation awaits for sooner and safe return of Indian Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman today, his parents are still keeping their emotions together and eyes wide stuck to see their soon arriving. For the same, Varthaman’s parents took a late flight from Chennai to Delhi and received a standing ovation from co-passengers.
Air Marshal S Varthaman and Shobha Varthaman made their way through the plane to their seats when the passengers stood up with high respect, cheered, clapped and took photos with the Varthaman family.
Wing Commander #AbhinandanVartaman ‘s parents reached Delhi last night from Chennai. This was the scene inside the flight when the passengers realized his parents were onboard. They clapped for them, thanked them & made way for them to disembark first. #Respect #AbhinandanMyHero pic.twitter.com/P8USGzbgcp
— Paul Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) March 1, 2019
Retd Air Marshal S Varthaman is a highly-decorated officer and Shobha Varthaman is a doctor. They left for Amritsar soon after landing in Delhi. They are all set to receive their son, who is expected to be handed over by Pakistan to India at about 2 pm, at the Wagah border.
The IAF pilot was taken into custody by Pakistan on Wednesday after he landed on the other side of the Line of Control as his aircraft crashed during an aerial dogfight between India and Pakistan.
Yesterday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that he would be released, which signaled a pull-back from the brink after the two countries engaged in aerial combat after 48 years.