Abhinandan Varthaman has been returned to India after he was shot down and captured during a dramatic escalation between India and Pakistan on Wednesday. Concerns arose over the Wing Commander’s fate when a video circulated showing the pilot being beaten near his crash site; another video released that same evening showed him calling his captors “thorough gentleman” and drinking chai.
Who won? It’s a matter of perception – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s self-proclaimed “peace gesture” will score him points, although others may think it is India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is controlling the narrative, in turn forcing Khan’s hand.
Don’t miss OZY’s Special Briefing on the India-Pakistan skirmish.