New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it had not returned IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. “When he (Abhinandan) was captured by Pakistan, I said (to Pakistan) that If anything happens to our pilot then we will not leave you,” PM Modi said while addressing a poll rally at Patan in his home state Gujarat. Notably, Abhinandan was captured by Pakistani forces after an aerial combat between the two countries on February 27. Before his jet was hit, the IAF pilot had shot down an F-16 fighter of Pakistan. He was released on the night of March 1 by the Pakistani forces.
“After the pilot was caught, the opposition started seeking a reply from me over this. We conducted a press conference and warned Pakistan that if anything happened to our pilot, you will keep telling the world that Modi did this to you. A senior American official said on the second day that Modi has kept ready 12 missiles and might attack and the situation will deteriorate. Pakistan announced to return the pilot on the second day, else it was going to be a “qatal ki raat’,” Modi claimed.
He added,”This was said by America, I have nothing to say about this now, I will speak about it when the time will come.” Furthermore PM Modi asserted that whether the prime minister’s chair remains or not, he has decided that either he will be alive or terrorists will remain alive.
Meanwhile, PM also took a jibe at NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan can gauge what he will do. PM Modi’s dig at Pawar comes a day after the NCP chief said he was terribly afraid of what Modi would do next. “Modi says he came into politics holding my finger. But now I am terribly afraid, because what this man will do, nobody knows,” the former Union minister had said yesterday.