Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to present Param Vir Chakra, the nation’s most elevated military respect, on Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, caught by Pakistan after a dogfight in the skies and released later.
Tamil Nadu CM EK Palaniswami Demands Param Vir Chakra for Wing Commander Abhinandan
In a letter to Modi, Palaniswami said the IAF pilot, a local of Tamil Nadu, shown astonishing poise and confidence notwithstanding antagonistic condition and it would be fitting he be granted the most elevated military respect.
He noted that Varthaman was released by Pakistan “due to the diplomatic initiatives” of the Prime Minister and “intense international pressure”.
“Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman displayed amazing poise and confidence in the face of adverse conditions, which has won him many hearts across the country. It is appropriate that he be awarded India’s highest military honour Param Vir Chakra (PVC) for displaying most inimitable gallantry and valour,” the chief minister said.
“I request the Government of India to confer the nation’s highest military honour, Param Vir Chakra, on Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman,” he added.
Palaniswami reviewed that the MiG-21 Bison aircraft guided by Varthaman had shot down a Pakistan Air Force contender (F-16) when it endeavored to disregard India’s air space and that he was later arrested by the Pakistani military.
Varthaman, who was caught on February 27, returned home on March 1 after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan declared he would be released as a “gesture of peace”.
According to the central government, Param Vir Chakra “is awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea, or in the air.”