He returned home through the border crossing between the two countries.
The moment Indian fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman crosses Pakistan border, following his release two days after his jet was shot down over Pakistan-administered Kashmir https://t.co/2JUwGMq3Qu pic.twitter.com/nEJqfnpRTy
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) 1 March 2019
The pilot returned to India through the border crossing between the two countries. Earlier, the authorities reported that they would release him if this would lead to a decrease in tension between the two countries. Indian authorities reported that the transfer was a gesture of peace that would help avoid a war between the two countries.
On February 26, Indian air forces attacked the militant camp “Jaish-e-Muhammad”, located in the area of the city of Balakot in Pakistan. They reported that the attack was a response to the killing of at least 40 Indian military suicide bombers in the disputed region of Kashmir.
On February 27, India re-entered Pakistani airspace. Pakistani authorities said they shot down two planes of the Indian Air Force in Kashmir. The Indian Foreign Ministry denied, stating that during the air battle, the Indian Air Force shot down one Pakistani fighter, but lost one of its own aircraft.