The entire nation erupted into joy and jubiliation as Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman walked towards the Indian side of the Wagah-Attari border on the evening of March 1.
Amid the elated population was one Salman Khurshid, who by the virtue of a piece of information and micro-blogging site Twitter tried to take credit for Abhinandan’s heroics in the face of enemy captivity.
The senior Congress leader on Saturday tweeted: “Many kudos for Wing Commander abhi Varthaman the face of India’s resistance to enemy aggression. Great poise and confidence in face of adversity. We are proud that he received his wings in 2004 and matured as fighter pilot during UPA.”
Urghh! Bad time to “try” to take credit for something so extraordinary!
Abhinandan overwhelmed the entire nation by displaying extraordinary courage and fortitude in the face of adversity — when he was captured by the Pakistani forces. The moments were captured on tape — released by Pakistan soonafter.
The world went gaga over how in the face of grave danger the IAF braveheart didn’t panic or lose his mind. Instead, he fought his captors, fired into the air and swallowed important documents (which should not have been in enemy hands), before he was outnumbered and captured.
All this, while he was bleeding profusely after the crash.
This is not the first time the Congress party has used “social media” all wrong.
Last year in February, when the nation and the world were mourning the demise of legendary Bollywood actor Sridevi Kapoor, Congress posted a rather distasteful condolence message on Twitter.
The tweet’s last sentence read: “She was awarded the Padma Shri by the UPA Govt in 2013.”
Hours after posting the tweet, the Congress party deleted the message without offering any comment, but not before it came under heavy criticism for ‘politicising’ Sridevi’s death.
However, many on the social media website were left with a bad taste in their mouth and Congress was severely trolled.
Khurshid’s tweet is badly timed also because the tension between India and Pakistan has been heightening in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed on February 14.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack.
India and Pakistan have, since been, exchanging charges and barbs over who was responsible for the attack. While India accuses Pakistan of harbouring terror groups on its soil, Imran Khan maintains Jaish is nowhere connected with Islamabad.
Days after Pulwama attack, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike at a terror camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to bomb Indian military installations on Wednesday morning. The attempt was foiled by the Indian Air Force.
But IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani forces and was later released as a “peace gesture”, as termed by Imran Khan.