Abhinandan Varthaman

The BJP on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Congress, alleging that the opposition party has been "mocking" the armed forces while a video has emerged that shows a top Pakistani opposition leader saying that pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was released by Islamabad as it feared an attack by India.

He also said the Indian Air Force (IAF) is ready for any military confrontation with Pakistan, but a decision about this has to be taken by the political leadership.

Varthaman started flying the MiG 21 about two weeks ago, nearly six months after sustaining injuries while ejecting from a fighter plane during an aerial combat between India and Pakistan on February 27.

The 36-year-old IAF pilot had suffered injuries while ejecting from his MiG-21 Bison during the aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani air forces on February 27.

In the letter, the ex-army-men objected to politicians using army operations for political campaigns, and "taking credit" for military operations, pictures of party workers wearing military uniforms and political posters with pictures of soldiers, especially of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

On March 1, when the Indian hero came back to embrace his homeland, it was an occasion for Indians to celebrate. India not only celebrated his homecoming across the country but also adapted various ways to show its immense love for him. From emulating his gunslinger moustache, the new trend 'Abhinandan style' to naming new-born on his name, it all has created a wave on social media.

The 1.24 sec long video, shot in a typical Pakistan style with around 20 cuts, giving a clear message that Abhinandan was forced to say what the Pak authorities wanted to listen, is said to have delayed his handover by three hours.

The day slipped into sunset and then night but the wait for Wing Commander Varthaman continued as he was said to return India at around 3.00pm. Long after nightfall, as the skies opened up and drenched Amritsar, there was no sign of the Indian Air Force pilot but hundreds of people glued to the spot to have a look their hero.