The Indian Air Force (IAF) has posted Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to a forward airbase in the western sector of the country and nominated the embarrassed pilot for a gallantry award, reported India Today.
“The posting order of the officer has been issued and he would soon be moving out of the Srinagar air base to his new place of posting,” sources in the IAF said.
He will also undergo medical tests before getting deployed to his new place of posting and once cleared, he would be able to continue his flying duties, sources added.
Continuing to build upon its earlier lies, New Delhi has received a recommendation to award Abhinandan with the Vir Chakra- the third highest gallantry award in the Indian military – for his alleged downing of a Pakistani jet.
The Indian version was debunked by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) after a picture showing all four air-to-air missiles from the IAF pilot’s Mig-21 were displayed for all to see.
Abhinandan was handed over to Indian authorities ‘as a goodwill gesture’ in March after briefly becoming a ‘state guest’ of Islamabad after his aircraft was shot down by the Pakistan Air Force on February 27.
Abhinandan’s MiG-21 jet was one of the two planes shot down by the PAF after they entered Pakistan’s airspace, a day after Indian warplanes barged into Pakistan and dropped their ‘payload’ in a deserted place in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Balakot area.
In a video statement of the pilot, he praised the professionalism of the Pakistan Army while also criticising the Indian media for painting a negative picture of Pakistan. “I am very impressed after spending time with them,” he said.