Indian pilot accuses Pakistan of ‘mental harassment’


Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, a day after he was sent home to India by Pakistan as a gesture of goodwill, says that he went through mental harassment during his detention in Pakistan.

According to Hindustan Times, Abhinandan reportedly told the Indian Air Force authorities that though he was not physically tortured by the Pakistanis during the time he was in their custody, but he was made to go through a lot of ‘mental harassment’.

Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday entered his home country India via Wagah Border after Pakistan released him as a peace gesture.

Abhinandan was brought to the border crossing amid tight security underwent formalities, including the signing of necessary documents and a medical examination by the International Committee of Red Cross, ahead of his release.

In a video message before his departure, he slammed Indian media for negative coverage of the India-Pakistan tensions, narrating the entire episode of how he was captured after his MiG 21 jet was shot down by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in violation of Pakistani airspace near Line of Control (Control).