New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Friday asserted that creating a situation for the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan in such a short span of time was a diplomatic victory of Indian government.

“The air-strikes after the Pulwama terror attack has now isolated Pakistan globally, this is a victory of our diplomacy. Creating a situation for the return of pilot Abhinandan in such a short span of time is our diplomatic victory,” said Shah while speaking at a media event in national capital.

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced his countries parliament that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman would be released today as a “peace gesture”.

“We are happy that our pilot who had fallen across the Line of Control and was in the custody of Pakistan is being released. We are extremely happy to have him back. We only see it as a gesture which is in consonance with the Geneva Conventions,” Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, the assistant chief of Air Staff, told a news conference on Thursday.

A team of Indian Air Force officials received Wing Commander Abhinandan at the Attari-Wagah border this evening. His MiG-21 was hit on Wednesday morning, a day after IAF Mirage 2000 jets decimated Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest terror camps near Balakot deep inside Pakistan.