Fearing attack by India at 9pm, Imran Khan govt had abruptly released IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman: Pak MP recounts in Parliament
Dunya News further quoted Sadiq as saying that the opposition has supported the government in all issues including Abhinandan but will not be able to further support it.
New Delhi: In a shocking revelation, a Pakistan MP while speaking in Parliament on Wednesday claimed that fearing an attack by India, the Imran Khan government had abruptly released Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, captured last February after a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani pilots.
In a speech in the National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had in an important meeting pointed out that if Pakistan did not release Abhinandan Varthaman, India would attack Pakistan “that night by 9 pm.”
Dunya News quoted Sadiq making this claim during a parliament session.
The PML-N leader told opposition leaders that Qureshi in a meeting with the parliamentary leaders, including PPP and PML-N and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had asked for Abhinandan to be let free.
“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”, Member of Parliament Sadiq recounted the events of the important meeting.
#Pakistan -Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in a parliament discussion said that Pak Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi was worried, and during a meeting said, if Pakistan didn’t have released Indian pilot #Abhinandan, India would attack Pakistan at 9pm that night.@adgpi pic.twitter.com/e57SjG3wE2
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Wing Commander Varthaman shot into limelight after he shot down a Pakistani aircraft F-16, which had transgressed into the Indian airspace during a dog fight between Indian and Pakistani air force in February 2019 and in the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down.
Abhinandan was returned to India from the Attari-Wagah border on March 1.