Pakistan to confer pilot who downed Abhinandan Varthaman's jet
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.
Pulwama attack, Balakot airstrikes, dogfight: What happened in February
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.
Pakistan claimed two Indian-jets were downed, but didn't show evidence
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.
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Here's a list of awards
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).
India was "defeated" in all domains: ISPR
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.
Meanwhile, India conferred Varthaman with Vir Chakra
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.
Abhinandan Varthaman Award
Abhinandan Varthaman Vir Chakra
Balakot Air Strike
Balakot Air Strike Date
Commander Abhinandan Varthaman
Pulwama Attack 2019
Pulwama Attack Date
COAS Commendation Cards
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Institute of Aerospace Medicine
Inter-Services Public Relations Pakistan
Muhammad Nouman Ali
President Arif Alvi
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman
Wing Commander Muhammad Nouman Ali
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