Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is expected to come back India between  2-4 p.m. today( Friday, March 1) after the Pak PM Imran Khan yesterday announced that they are ready to release the Indian pilot as a ‘gesture of peace’.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s parents got standing ovation onboard flight to Delhi.

A video of this went viral on social media today (March 1) morning showed Retd Air Marshall S. Varthaman and Shobha Varthaman receiving a round of applause from the fellow passengers who made way to allow the couple to alight from the aircraft.

It also showed some of the passengers taking picture of the parents. The couple was seen acknowledging the gesture.

After his jet crashed on Wednesday, Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman ejected safely, but was taken into custody by Pakistani armed forces. He has been in the custody for the past two days and is expected to hand over to India by today evening at the Wagah Border.

The family left from Delhi to Amritsar will be present along with the armed forces to receive the pilot at Wagah.

Meanwhile, External Affair Minister said “If we want to save humanity, we must tell the states who provide shelter and funding to terrorists, to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps and stop providing shelter and funding to the terror organisations based in that country”, Sushma Swaraj said at the IOC conclave.

She also added “Terrorism is destroying lives,destabilizing regions and putting the world at great peril. Terror reach is growing and the toll it is taking is increasing.”

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announces that he is boycotting the OIC summit due to the presence of External Afffairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is “unwell”, but said the government can act against him only if India presents “solid” and “inalienable” evidence that can stand in a court of law. (PTI)

Sources said that wing commander Abhinandan is likely to be brought back by Pakistani authorities from Rawal Pindi to Lahore and handed over first to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) under rules of the Geneva convention before being brought to the Wagah-Attari joint check post.