Army chief quivering, FM Qureshi said India will attack if we don't release Abhinandan by 9 pm: Pak MP recalls
Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa's "legs were shaking" while Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the meeting of parliamentary leaders that India was about to attack their country, said a Pakistani lawmaker as he recounted the events of February 2019 meeting during which Imran Khan government decided to release Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
Taking a jibe at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government, a Pakistan opposition MP has exposed how the Imran Khan government and Pakistan Army were worried about at Indian attack after the capture of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
In a speech in the National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq said that Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s “legs were trembling” when Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had in an important meeting pointed out that if Pakistan did not release Abhinandan Varthaman, India would attack Pakistan "that night by 9 pm."
“I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which Imran Khan had refused to attend and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. Foreign Minister said for God's sake let Abhinandan go, India's about to attack Pakistan at 9 pm,” Sadiq recalled.
Wing Commander Varthaman last year shot down Pakistani aircraft F-16 after it transgressed into Indian airspace during a dog fight between the air forces of both countries.
He was released via the Attari-Wagah border on March 1, 2019 and awarded the Vir Chakra on Independence Day by President Ram Nath Kovind for his exemplary courage.