Statue of Indian Pilot Shot Down over Kashmir on Display

DESPARDES — A statue of an Indian pilot whose plane was shot down over Kashmir earlier this year has been installed in an exhibit at a museum in Karachi run by the Pakistan Air Force. And Indian media is bent out of shape, reports AFP.

The life-sized statue of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman — complete with his singature moustache stands in a gallery named Operation Swift Retort.

Varthaman’s plane was shot down in a dogfight over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in February during clashes which brought nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of a new war.

Students look at parts of the wreckage of an Indian Mig-21 being flown by Indian pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman when he was shot down by PAF over Kashmir

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After his capture, the Pakistani military released video showing him sipping a cup of tea and politely refusing to answer questions.

His comment that the tea was “fantastic” went viral on social media on both sides of the border.

He was released several days later in a peace gesture from the newly installed government in Islamabad led by Imran Khan aimed at defusing tensions.