Written byShalini Ojha
Pakistan has decided to award its pilot who brought down an Indian Air Force jet during February's aerial combat.
To recall, India and Pakistan were locked in aerial combat on February 27.
Tensions between India and Pakistan soared high after the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred.
A day later, Pakistani jets attempted to breach Indian airspace but were chased by IAF jets.
In the dogfight, Varthaman downed an F-16 jet.
Varthaman showed his incredible flying skills when he brought down an F-16 jet piloting a MiG-21 Bison. Unfortunately, he strayed on the other side of the border and was released by Pakistan on March 1.
Notably, Pakistan claimed it downed two Indian jets, but New Delhi said this was not the case.
In a major embarrassment, Pakistan failed to support its claim with proofs.
According to locals reports, many Pakistani personnel will be awarded. The awards include one Sitara-i-Jur'at, two Tamgha-i-Jur'at, eight Sitara-i-Basalat, 88 Tamgha-i-Basalat, 94 Imtiazi Asnad, 113 COAS Commendation Cards, 23 Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), 112 Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), and 137 Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military).
About the awards, Inter-Services Public Relations Pakistan (ISPR) said, "The officers and soldiers of three services have been conferred gallantry awards for displaying bravery, dedication, commitment, and professionalism during different operations and particularly against Indian aggression post-Pulwama defeating India in all domains."
The ceremony will be held on March 23, 2020, a day after Pakistan Day parade in the capital Islamabad.
Varthaman became India's hero after he showed utmost dignity even in Pakistani custody.
In the last couple of weeks, he underwent mandatory medical tests. Last week, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bengaluru declared him fit to fly.
He will soon return to the cockpit.
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