KARACHI : Social media on both sides of the border praised the Pakistan armed forces for treating the pilot of an Indian jet – shot down by Pakistan Air Force – with dignity and respect.
Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured soon after he descended by parachute after bailing out from his disintegrating aircraft. The PAF shot down two IAF aircraft, and the wreckage of the second aircraft fell in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
Troops of the Pakistan Army moved quickly to save him from an angry mob and surrounded the downed airman for safety, even forcefully pushing away locals who wanted to assault him.
Soon after being transported to an undisclosed location, the Indian pilot was given prompt medical aid and was treated with the dignity that a serving officer deserves, displaying the highest standards of honour within the Pakistani armed forces.
“Good to see the young Indian pilot captured in Pakistan being treated with humanity,” tweeted Sherry Rehman in her tribute to the country’s armed forces.
While author Fatima Bhutto called for Islamabad to release the captured pilot as a gesture of good faith to “maintain this profoundly moral stand”,
Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi lauded the humane and professional treatment of the captured pilot.
Comedian Jeremy McLellan made light of situation by saying the pilot was being shown the “legendary Pakistani hospitality”.
Indian journalist Barkha Dutt also weighed in on how Abhinandan was being treated “professionally”.
Indian anchor Manak Gupta praised the Pakistani military for intervening and saving the pilot’s life from a mob.