Indian pilot captured in Pakistan becomes face of escalating conflict

Indian pilot captured in Pakistan becomes face of escalating conflictAn Indian pilot shot down over Pakistan and paraded by his captors has become a hero in his own country, a trump card for Islamabad and perhaps the key to bringing the arch-rivals back from the brink. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was in a MiG jet that India said was shot down on Wednesday as he chased Pakistan warplanes over the rivals’ disputed Kashmir border. Footage of him being beaten and interrogated has since gone viral in India and Pakistan.



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