“The way he (Pakistan MP) is saying that ‘Pair kaanp rahe the’ (legs were trembling). It is because our military posture was very offensive,” the previous air chief was quoted as saying by information company ANI.
Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Ayaz Sadiq revealed within the National Assembly that international minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had mentioned that India would assault Pakistan “by 9pm” if the nation didn’t launch Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
“I remember Qureshi was in the meeting which Imran Khan had refused to attend … the chief of army staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. The foreign minister said for God’s sake let Abhinandan go, India’s about to attack Pakistan at 9pm”, Sadiq mentioned.
The 37-year-old IAF pilot took down a Pakistani F-16 plane throughout a dogfight throughout the LoC on February 27 final 12 months. He was captured by the Pakistani military after his MiG-21 Bison jet went down through the fight. The incident befell a day after IAF jets bombed the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terror camps in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan to avenge the Pulwama terror assault.
Reacting to Sadiq’s remarks, Dhanoa mentioned that following the Balakot incident, India was able to wipe out Pakistan’s ahead brigades.
“God forbid … had they hit some of our military installations, we were in a position to wipe out their forward brigades. They know what is our capability,” he mentioned.
“Abhinandan’s father and I served together. So, when Abhinandan ejected I told him that we could not get Ahuja back, but will definitely get Abhinandan back. During the Kargil war, my flight commander Ahuja was captured and shot dead. That was playing on my mind. I told him that there are two parts. The main pressure on Pakistan was diplomatic and political. But there was also a military posture,” Dhanoa instructed ANI.
The former IAF chief mentioned that the Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists and their Pakistani handlers had been scared following the Balakot assault as they knew that India can hit them in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in addition to in Pakistan.
“Till the time Indian elections got over, there was nothing because they knew the response is going to be very swift. We were deployed in this manner that we could respond at a very short notice. It is very good for the morale that he was released at such a short period of time and he came back unharmed,” he mentioned.
Abhinandan was returned to India from the Attari-Wagah border on March 1, 2019. He was awarded the Vir Chakra on Independence Day by President Ram Nath Kovind for his exemplary bravery.