An official who is part of the debriefing process of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, has revealed that the fighter pilot was subject to gruesome torture in Pakistan. The official revealed that deprived of sleep, beaten up and harassed during his time in Pakistani custody. This completely refutes Pakistani propaganda that Abhinandan was treated with dignity as prescribed by the guidelines of Geneva convention.
The officer said the India Air Force officer was constantly moved around. “The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) questioned him, but he was largely in custody of the Pakistan Army,” he said. “There was no medical treatment in the initial hours after ejection. On the contrary, he was made to stand, they played loud music to confuse and increase the discomfort. He was also chocked – a kind of dry waterboarding – and even beaten up,” the officer added. “Pakistan tried to extract information regarding Indian deployment.”
At least three to four separate teams comprising a select group of officers are debriefing Wing Commander Varthaman on various aspects of his captivity.
The officer added that as Pakistani officers tried to extract information from him about the frequencies that the IAF uses to transmit messages, deployment of fighter jets and logistical arrangements, Varthaman held back. All Indian fighter pilots are taught to hold back for as long as possible when captured, so that transmitting frequencies and deployments can be changed in the first 24 hours to deny the adversary any advantage, the officer said. “Wing Commander Abhinandan did exactly that,” the officer said.
Varthaman was captured by Pakistani forces after he ejected from his plane when it took a hit on February 27 as Pakistani jets tried to target Indian military installations in the Rajouri sector a day after Indian Mirage-2000 jets bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp at Balakot in a cross-border airstrike.