Captured Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Army treated him well, adding that the army personnel ‘were thorough gentlemen’.
The captured Indian airforce pilot was seen speaking in a video clip, where he said that he wanted ‘to bring this on record’ that he has being treated well. The Pakistan army ‘s behaviour is quite professional and impressive, he added.
While responding to a question inquiring if the Indian pilot is being treated well in Pakistan, Abhinandan responded: “Yes, I have been. And I would like to put this on record that I will not change my statement if I go back to my country also.”
He said that the Pakistan Army officers have looked after him very well and they were thorough gentlemen, starting ‘from the captain who rescued him’.
When asked where does the IAF pilot hail from, Abhinandan said that he was from ‘down South’.
While responding to a question to describe the aircraft he was flying, the captured Indian pilot said: “I am sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this, but I am sure you have found the records”. He also refused to answer when asked about the nature of his mission.
Captured Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan was seen in the video, sipping tea from a cup, and replying to questions. “The tea is fantastic, thank you,” he said in response to a question.
“I am married,” said the IAF pilot when inquired about some details of his personnel life.
Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor ISPR said in a tweet that there is only one pilot in Pakistan Army’s custody and is being treated as per norms of military ethics. “There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody. Wing Comd Abhi Nandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics,” he tweeted.