Indian pilot freed by Pakistan shifted to IAF hostel

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NEW DELHI: Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India by Pakistan, has been shifted to a hostel after a medical check-up at a military hospital, NDTV reported.

Abhinandan was taken into custody by Pakistani army after his MiG-21 went down during a air combat, returned home after spending nearly 60 hours in captivity.

The pilot was hailed as a hero in India, where ntizens celebrated his return with many hashtags.

“Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He is also credited for easing of tension between India and Pakistan after their biggest standoff in years.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced in parliament that the country would release him as a “peace gesture”.