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    While the recording of the famous Indian fighter pilot was posted on Twitter on 4 May, it was allegedly taken sometime in April.

    A video of perhaps the first public appearance of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the Indian fighter pilot whose warplane was downed during the 27 February aerial engagement between Pakistani and Indian warplanes over Kashmir, after his discharge from hospital, was recently posted on social media.

    ​In the recording, Varthaman can be seen mingling with Indian servicemen and taking pictures with them.

    India Today’s Shiv Aroor, the man who posted the video, also explained that the footage was likely recorded “sometime last month”.

    The incident involving the IAF and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) took place on 27 February, when the Indian Air Force conducted an airstrike on an alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot. Pakistan said that it downed two IAF MiG-21 planes. According to the Indian government, the country lost only one plane and its forces succeeded in downing a PAF F-16.

    After being shot down in that engagement, Varthaman managed to eject and was subsequently captured by Pakistani forces, to be safely returned back to India a few days later in what Islamabad described as a "peace gesture".


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