Abhinandan Varthaman, the name that every Indian had been wishing the best for, is finally set to return home. The war hero who shot down an F-16 with his MiG 21 before crashing on enemy land had been reported “missing in action” prior to his videos released by the Pakistan Army went viral.
Facing pressure from USA, UAE and other major powers involved, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan declared on Thursday that the IAF pilot will be released as a “gesture of peace.” The American President had also signaled post talks about the “reasonably attractive news” to come from arch rivals India and Pakistan.
With history of both the nations written in the blood of soldiers and civilians alike, releasing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is certainly a step towards peace. A close look at the statistics of the wars India and Pakistan have fought in the past clearly reveals the destruction, and the challenges that followed.
Presently, it is imperative for both the economies to understand the consequences of a full fledged war, given that they are both nuclear powers. Moreover, along with the loss of lives, the involvement of foreign powers will put them at the risk of the war becoming bigger than anyone imagined.
Amid soaring tension, while the Indian government’s demand for an “immediate and safe return” of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been met by Pakistan, there are multiple scenarios that pop out. Although ‘peace talks’ have been offered by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, and he is willing to co-operate with India regarding any issue that prevails between the two nations, the possibility of Pakistan’s personal benefits cannot be ruled out.
Being a country that is known for ceasefire violation at numerous borders, especially the ones that separate it from the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan might be creating a cloud of positivity while planning another attack at India.
Everything comes at a price and at times like this, peace too will have one. While India rejoices the return of Abinandan Varthaman, the accidental messenger of peace between the two nations, preparing for war has to be a priority as well.