Ferozepur: The Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab’s Ferozepur has arrested an Indian national near border outpost, Maboke and seized a mobile phone with Pakistani SIM card, in use, from his possession. The number is added to 8 Pakistani groups. At least six other Pakistani phone numbers have also been retrieved from him. The man is from Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad.

The man is said to be Pakistan’s spy who was apprehended as he was trying to photograph a BSF installation in the city.

The development comes in the wake of Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman being released by Pakistan today. He will be received by a delegation of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Wagah Border. Reportedly, Pakistani authorities will bring him from Rawalpindi to Lahore and hand him over to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under rules of the Geneva Convention. He is expected to return home around 2 PM.

The IAF pilot’s MiG 21 was shot and he bailed out after bringing down one Pakistani F-16 fighter as three Pakistani aircraft violated Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera and Poonch on Wednesday, February 26.

Tension escalated between the two countries after India carried ‘pre-emptive’ strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot during wee hours on Tuesday. The air strike was carried out in response to the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed on February 14 in south Kashmir as an explosive-laden vehicle rammed into a bus in the convoy. The attack was carried out by JeM terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar.