Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami seeks Param Vir Chakra for IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confer Param Vir Chakra, the country’s highest military honour, on Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistan after a dogfight in the skies and released later.

In a letter to Modi, Palaniswami said the IAF pilot, a native of Tamil Nadu, displayed amazing poise and confidence in the face of an adverse condition and it would be appropriate he be awarded the highest military honour. He noted that Varthaman was released by Pakistan “due to the diplomatic initiatives” of the Prime Minister and “intense international pressure”.

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