Narendra Modi reveals he warned Pakistan of consequences

Politics

21 Apr 2019

If Abhinandan hadn't returned, Pakistan would have faced consequences: Modi

Addressing a rally at Patan in his home state Gujarat on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if they hadn't released Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Asking people to vote for BJP in Lok Sabha polls, PM Modi told them that it was their 'duty' to take care of the 'son of the soil'.

Here's what happened.

Pilot

Abhinandan achieved rare feat by killing F-16 using MiG-21 Bison

Abhinandan achieved rare feat by killing F-16 using MiG-21 Bison

Abhinandan has a unique distinction to his name as he is the only pilot to have shot down the US made F-16 jet flying his MiG-21 Bison.

After killing advanced jet on February 27, Abhinandan went on another side of LoC and was captured by the Pakistani military.

A day later, Imran Khan announced his release as 'peace gesture'. Abhinandan returned home on March 1.

Speech

We warned Pakistan that nothing should happen to Abhinandan: Modi

Speaking on his release, PM Modi said, "We conducted a press conference and warned Pakistan that if anything happened to our pilot, you will keep telling the world that Modi did this to you."

He said national security is paramount for him and it doesn't depend on PM chair. PM Modi said he has decided either he would stay alive or terrorists.

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"American official said Modi kept 12 missiles ready"

"Senior American official said on the second day that Modi has kept ready 12 missiles and might attack and the situation will deteriorate. Pakistan announced to return the pilot on the second day, else it was going to be a qatal ki raat," he added.

Details

Separately, PM Modi took a jibe at former 'mentor' Pawar

Separately, PM Modi took a jibe at former 'mentor' Pawar

PM Modi also slammed NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, who said that he was "afraid" of the former's future steps.

"Sharad Pawar says I don't know what will Modi do. If he is unaware of what Modi will do tomorrow, how will Imran Khan know," he asked.

He said if BJP doesn't win all 26 seats in Gujarat, TV anchors will wonder why it happened.

Honor

Meanwhile, Abhinandan may get Vir Chakra soon

Meanwhile, reports claim that IAF plans to recommend Abhinandan for Vir Chakra, the third highest gallantry award in the military during the war, for his unachievable feat.

Notably, the names will not be announced until President inks the file.

He will also undergo crucial tests in the coming weeks, and by May end it will be known if he can fly again or not.

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When was Abhinandan Varthaman captured by Pakistan?

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Pakistan captured Abhinandan Varthaman on February 27 after IAF and PAF jets were engaged in dogfight.

When did Abhinandan Varthaman return home?

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Abhinandan Varthaman returned to India on March 1. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his release as 'peace' gesture.

Which jet was Abhinandan Varthaman flying?

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Abhinandan Varthaman was flying MiG-21 Bison when he brought down an F-16.

Who manufactures F-16?

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US-based company Lockheed Martin manufactures F-16.

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