Mumbai: Recounting a meeting during which Pakistan decided to release IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, MP Ayaz Sadiq told the Parliament that Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s legs were shaking when he walked into the room.
The capture and torture of the Indian Air Force fighter pilot by the Pakistani military caused a fierce uproar in the international community between India and Pakistan today and may prove detrimental to diplomatic and financial stability in the post-era.
However, in a dramatic turn of events, a Pakistan legislator was recently heard saying that his country’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, was “shivering” when Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told parliamentary leaders in Pakistan that India was about to attack on February 27 last year.
In a speech to the National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq re-narrated the events of February 2019 when Prime Minister Imran Khan had no choice but to release Varthaman as a “gesture of peace”.
He said that Qureshi had said in “an important meeting” that if he did not release Worthmann, New Delhi would attack in Islamabad “by 9 pm that night.”
“I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which Imran Khan had refused to attend and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. Foreign Minister said for God’s sake let Abhinandan go, India’s about to attack Pakistan at 9 pm,” Sadiq recalled.
Wing Commander Varthaman last year shot down Pakistani aircraft F-16 after it transgressed into Indian airspace during a dog fight between the air forces of both countries.
He was released via the Attari-Wagah border on 1 March 2019 and awarded the Vir Chakra on Independence Day by President Ram Nath Kovind for his exemplary courage.