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Abhinandan Varthaman: Indian Air Force Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman Receives Vir Chakra for 2019 Balakot airstrike: Indian Air Force Group Capt Abhinandan Varthaman received Vir Chakra for 2019 Balakot airstrike

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Highlights

  • Pakistan got chilly after Group Captain Abhinandan got the Vir Chakra
  • Pakistani media and politicians are taking sarcasm, remembering tea
  • Abhinandan shot down Pakistan’s F-16 with MiG-21 Bison

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Pakistan has got a chill on the Vir Chakra awarded to Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman of the Indian Air Force for his indomitable valor and courage. Group Captain Abhinandan’s third highest gallantry medal is being discussed in the Pakistani media. In 2019, Abhinandan shot down an enemy F-16 fighter jet during an aerial conflict with Pakistan. During this, his MiG-21 Bison was hit by a missile, due to which he had to remain hostage in Pakistan for three days.

Congratulations in Pakistani media
Pakistani newspaper Dawn wrote that Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman has been awarded the Vir Chakra. The Vir Chakra is the third highest wartime gallantry award after the Param Vir Chakra and the Maha Vir Chakra. Abhinandan has been given the honor for showing conspicuous courage during the shooting down of a Pakistani F-16 aircraft in February 2019. However, this claim of India was rejected by Pakistan. Not only this, it was rejected by the military, independent observers as well as the international media.

Sherry Rehman remembers Abhinandan’s ‘chai’
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) vice-president Sherry Rehman tweeted: “Is this true? Reward for drinking tea in Pakistani custody?

Imran’s digital media advisor also took a jibe
Arslan Khalid, the digital media advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan, went a step ahead and targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian media. He wrote that “Fantastic, indeed, I feel for Abhinandan. Just because of PM Modi and Indian media’s refusal to accept defeat and embarrassment, Abhinandan is reminded of full episodes every other month.

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Abhinandan is now Group Captain
Wing Commander Abhinandan Kumar has now become Group Captain. The rank of Group Captain in the Indian Army is equivalent to that of a Colonel. He was part of 51 Squadron when Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani fighter plane. He was posted at Avintapura Air Base near Srinagar. Group Captain Abhinandan’s father father was also an officer in the Air Force and is now retired.

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President Ram Nath Kovind conferring Vir Chakra on Group Captain Abhinandan

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