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Nirmala Sitharaman Meets IAF Pilot Abhinandan

India | Reuters | March 3, 2019, 12:00 pm
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 Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meets Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at Army's R.R. hospital, who was captured by Pakistan during an aerial combat, in New Delhi on March 2, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meets Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at Army's R.R. hospital, who was captured by Pakistan during an aerial combat, in New Delhi on March 2, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meets Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at Army's R.R. hospital, who was captured by Pakistan during an aerial combat, in New Delhi on March 2, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meets Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at Army's R.R. hospital, who was captured by Pakistan during an aerial combat, in New Delhi on March 2, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 The convoy carrying Indian air force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman drives out from the Integrated Check Post on the Indian side of the border in Attari. (Image: AP)

The convoy carrying Indian air force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman drives out from the Integrated Check Post on the Indian side of the border in Attari. (Image: AP)

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 Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile. (Image: PTI)

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile. (Image: PTI)

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 People celebrate after the convoy carrying Indian air force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman entered the Indian side of the border in Attari. (Image: AP)

People celebrate after the convoy carrying Indian air force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman entered the Indian side of the border in Attari. (Image: AP)

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 Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side. (Image: PTI)

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side. (Image: PTI)

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 The convoy carrying Indian air force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman drives out from the Integrated Check Post on the Indian side of the border in Attari. (Image: AP)

The convoy carrying Indian air force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman drives out from the Integrated Check Post on the Indian side of the border in Attari. (Image: AP)

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 Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side. (Image: PTI)

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side. (Image: PTI)

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side. (Image: PTI)

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 People hold national flags and shout slogan as they wait to welcome Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman at Wagah border near Amritsar. (Image: AP)

People hold national flags and shout slogan as they wait to welcome Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman at Wagah border near Amritsar. (Image: AP)

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 People shout patriotic slogans before the arrival of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

People shout patriotic slogans before the arrival of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

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 Indian Air Force soldiers sit inside a vehicle before the arrival of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

Indian Air Force soldiers sit inside a vehicle before the arrival of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

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 Indian policemen and media person wait for the return of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman at Wagah border near Amritsar. (Image: AP)

Indian policemen and media person wait for the return of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman at Wagah border near Amritsar. (Image: AP)

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 People hold a garland as they shout patriotic slogans before the arrival of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

People hold a garland as they shout patriotic slogans before the arrival of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

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 People shout slogans before the arrival of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan, near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

People shout slogans before the arrival of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan, near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

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 People shout patriotic slogans before the arrival of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Prashant Ramdas/News18)

People shout patriotic slogans before the arrival of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Prashant Ramdas/News18)

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 People shout slogans carrying a huge garland as they wait to welcome Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman at Wagah border near Amritsar. (Image: AP)

People shout slogans carrying a huge garland as they wait to welcome Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman at Wagah border near Amritsar. (Image: AP)

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 Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers keep guard before the arrival of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers keep guard before the arrival of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman near Wagah border. (Image: Reuters)

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 People jubilate with a Tricolour as they wait for the arrival of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at Attari-Wagha border near Amritsar. (Image: PTI)

People jubilate with a Tricolour as they wait for the arrival of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at Attari-Wagha border near Amritsar. (Image: PTI)

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 People gather at Wagah border to welcome wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman on March 1, 2019. Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is expected to return to India via the Wagah border after Pakistan Prime Minister’s sudden announcement of his release as a “gesture of peace” in an address to the country’s parliament. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

People gather at Wagah border to welcome wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman on March 1, 2019. Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is expected to return to India via the Wagah border after Pakistan Prime Minister’s sudden announcement of his release as a “gesture of peace” in an address to the country’s parliament. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

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 Security tightened at the Wagah border to control the increasing number of people gathering there to welcome IAF pilot Abhinandan. (Image: Prashant Lila Ramdas/News18)

Security tightened at the Wagah border to control the increasing number of people gathering there to welcome IAF pilot Abhinandan. (Image: Prashant Lila Ramdas/News18)

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 People gather at Wagah border to welcome IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

People gather at Wagah border to welcome IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

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 Security tightened at the Wagah border to control the increasing number of people gathering there to welcome IAF pilot Abhinandan. (Image: Prashant Lila Ramdas/News18)

Security tightened at the Wagah border to control the increasing number of people gathering there to welcome IAF pilot Abhinandan. (Image: Prashant Lila Ramdas/News18)

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 Crowds start to gather at the Wagah Border waiting for the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

Crowds start to gather at the Wagah Border waiting for the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

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 Pakistani media gather near the India and Pakistan border on the Pakistani side of the Wagah border. (Image: AFP)

Pakistani media gather near the India and Pakistan border on the Pakistani side of the Wagah border. (Image: AFP)

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 People gather at Wagah border to welcome IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Prashant Lila Ramdas/News18)

People gather at Wagah border to welcome IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Prashant Lila Ramdas/News18)

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 Indian police stand guard near the India-Pakistan border in Wagah. (Image: AFP)

Indian police stand guard near the India-Pakistan border in Wagah. (Image: AFP)

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 (Image: Prashant Ramdas/News18)

(Image: Prashant Ramdas/News18)

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 People gather at Wagah border to welcome IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

People gather at Wagah border to welcome IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

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 (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

(Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

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 Crowds start to gather at the Wagah Border waiting for the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

Crowds start to gather at the Wagah Border waiting for the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

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 (Image: Prashant Ramdas/News18)

(Image: Prashant Ramdas/News18)

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 People start to gather at the Wagah Border waiting for the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

People start to gather at the Wagah Border waiting for the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (Image: Madhuker Dass/News18)

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 (Image: Prashant Ramdas/News18)

(Image: Prashant Ramdas/News18)

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 The Wagah-Attari crossing was cleared to prepare for IAF pilot Abhinandan's return on March 1, 2019.

The Wagah-Attari crossing was cleared to prepare for IAF pilot Abhinandan's return on March 1, 2019.

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 Children hold banners and Indian national flags after Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will release an Indian Air Force pilot, in Mumbai on Feb 28, 2019. (Image: Reuters)

Children hold banners and Indian national flags after Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will release an Indian Air Force pilot, in Mumbai on Feb 28, 2019. (Image: Reuters)

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 A schoolgirl offers prayers for the release of an Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, after he was captured by Pakistan, inside a school in Ahmedabad. (Image: Reuters)

A schoolgirl offers prayers for the release of an Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, after he was captured by Pakistan, inside a school in Ahmedabad. (Image: Reuters)

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 School students gather for the safe return of Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan, in Ahmedabad. (Image: PTI)

School students gather for the safe return of Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan, in Ahmedabad. (Image: PTI)

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 A schoolgirl offers prayers for the release of an Indian Air Force pilot after he was captured by Pakistan, inside a school in Ahmedabad. (Image: Reuters)

A schoolgirl offers prayers for the release of an Indian Air Force pilot after he was captured by Pakistan, inside a school in Ahmedabad. (Image: Reuters)

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 Demonstrators hold placards and shout slogans during a protest demanding the release of an Indian Air Force pilot after he was captured by Pakistan, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)

Demonstrators hold placards and shout slogans during a protest demanding the release of an Indian Air Force pilot after he was captured by Pakistan, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)

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 School children offer prayers for the release of an Indian Air Force pilot after he was captured by Pakistan, inside a school in Ahmedabad. (Image: Reuters)

School children offer prayers for the release of an Indian Air Force pilot after he was captured by Pakistan, inside a school in Ahmedabad. (Image: Reuters)

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 Congress activists raise slogans against Pakistan demanding an immediate release of IAF Pilot Abhinandan Vardhman from their custody, in Kolkata. (Image: PTI)

Congress activists raise slogans against Pakistan demanding an immediate release of IAF Pilot Abhinandan Vardhman from their custody, in Kolkata. (Image: PTI)

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