Statue of Wing Comandar Abhinandan place in Karachi’s PAF Museum

A Wing Commandar an Indian pilot whose plane was shot down by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) over Indian-occupied Kashmir earlier this season has been placed on display in Karachi, invoking the ire of India’s media.

The statue of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman — filled with his signature moustache — has been installed in a exhibition at the PAF Museum.

Varthaman’s plane was shot down at a dog fight over the Himalayan region in February throughout clashes which attracted nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of a war.

After his capture, the military released a video showing him refusing to answer questions and sipping on a cup of java.His stoic and considerate demeanour — and opinion that the tea was”fantastic” — catapulted him to hero status in India.

He was released several days in Pakistan.The statue stands at a pub called Operation Swift Retort.The exhibit includes parts of the fuselage and tail of Varthaman’s air craft, a MIG 21, as well as a tea mug — though not the same one the pilot had been spotted sipping from.

The gallery also contains pictures reenacting the minute and photographs showing him being handed back to India.There is jokingly charging Varthaman to the tea — at the price of one MIG 21 — A mess receipt framed in the exhibit. Images of the receipt that was mocking went viral at the days after his capture.

The museum stands inside a park for young adults in Karachi, complete with decommissioned aircraft and other military hardware.

“I’m very proud of my country watching Abhinandan’s statue at the pub,” said Samiullah Bari, a 10th grade student going to the museum on a school excursion.

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