A visitor takes her selfie next to a Cessna aircraft painted with a portrait of Abhinandan Varthaman in Karachi. AFP
Wing Commander Abhinandan – shot down by Pakistan Air Force (PAF), captured and returned to India after around a day and a half of captivity – said he "sees no reason for us to continue with any kind of hostilities.”
The Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander's statement surfaced in newly released footage, in which he also praises the chivalry of the Pakistan army.
Abhinandan said that he never felt any difference between Pakistan and India and found both countries the same while coming down via parachute. He also hoped for peace between both the neighbouring countries.
“I do not know what needs to be done to bring about peace but I only know that there should be peace. And I see no reason for us to continue with any kind of hostilities. I want that peace [should] be established.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on the occasion of second anniversary of Operation Swift Retort as Surprise Day to pay tribute valiant Shaheens’ for their brave defence of the motherland while retaliating to IAF violation of its sovereign territories on Feb.27, 2019. The celebration ceremony of Surprise Day was held at PAF Headquarters.
Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan said Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be considered as weakness and any misadventure will be responded immediately.
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The Pakistani premier said the country has "always stood for peace and remains ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue." "The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India," he said.
In a statement on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the UAE has close historical ties with India and Pakistan and that it commends the efforts of the two countries to reach this achievement. It also stressed that this is an important step towards achieving security, stability and prosperity in the region.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that both Pakistan and India are nuclear-armed states and escalation of tension may threaten world peace, adding that Pakistan will never start a military conflict.
"On this day, we commemorate the bright memory of the Founding Fathers, led by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his brothers, the Founders of the Nation, as well as their determination, wisdom and vision that established the Union.”
After the passing of Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Khalifa initiated the country’s empowerment phase while President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed launched its sustainability, leadership and excellence phase.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi emirate, has ordered the disbursement of housing loans to 1,900 citizens in Abu Dhabi, worth a total of Dhs3 billion.
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the 51st UAE National Day is a day to recall lessons of the past, and look at the present with awareness and contemplation, while looking to the future with hope, optimism and confidence.