Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returned home to a hero’s welcome at the Wagah border on Friday.
A senior team of the Indian Air Force received the Wing Commander whose parents Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman and Shobha Varthaman were also present.
Patriotic fervour prevailed at the border with people singing songs, beating drums and waving the tricolour.
The daily retreat and flag-lowering ceremony along the Wagah border was cancelled ahead of the pilot’s release.
Earlier, the Islamabad High Court on Friday dismissed a plea filed by a Pakistani citizen to stop the release of Varthaman. The plea said the Indian pilot had committed a crime against Pakistan and should be put on trial.
The 35-year-old Wing Commander was captured on Wednesday by Pakistan after his MiG-21 Bison fighter jet was downed near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.