IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan custody | @OfficialDGISPR/twitter
IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan custody | @OfficialDGISPR/twitter
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New Delhi:Recipe lete hue aana” (bring back the recipe). That’s what Tanvi Marwah said when her husband, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, joked about the tea he was served in the custody of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.

This was the only conversation the couple had between Abhinandan’s MiG-21 Bison fighter jet getting shot down on 27 February and his return via the Wagah border nearly 60 hours later.

A top source in the defence establishment told ThePrint that the ISI employed classic ‘good cop, bad cop’ tactics — while one officer punched Abhinandan’s ribs and slapped him, another walked in and made him speak to his wife.

Tanvi, a former Indian Air Force helicopter pilot, showed confidence, calmness and presence of mind when she got a call from Pakistan routed through Saudi Arabia, the source said.


Also read: IAF officer told Wg Cdr Abhinandan to turn back, but he couldn’t hear her


‘Papa jail mein hain’

Tanvi was taken aback when she heard Abhinandan’s voice over the phone, which showed a Saudi number. Realising that the ISI was at play, she recorded the conversation.

Far from breaking down, she spoke confidently to the Wing Commander. Apart from the initial questions on how he was doing, she asked what she should tell their two children about the whereabouts of their father. A composed Abhinandan replied: “Tell them Papa jail mein hain (Papa is in jail).”

In the middle of the conversation, Tanvi joked about the video put out by the Pakistani military, which showed Abhinandan having a cup of tea while being quizzed by a member of the establishment.

“Chai kaisi thi (how was the tea)?” she asked.

Achhi thi (it was nice),” he replied.

Mujhse bhi achhi banayi (was it better than how I make it)?”

Abhinandan replied with a laugh: “Yes, it was better.”

Phir recipe lete hue aana (then bring back the recipe),” Tanvi said.


Also readPakistan’s ISI tried to disorient Wing Commander Abhinandan and break him


Physical torture

According to the sequence of events firmed up after Abhinandan’s detailed debriefing, it has come be known he was hit by an ISI officer in custody.

While initially it was assumed that his broken ribs was due to the beating he received from civilians when he parachuted into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, it is now believed that the ISI officer’s punches broke his ribs. He was also slapped by the ISI officer. Even at the time of his arrest, he was hit on the back with a rifle butt by a Pakistani soldier.

Besides the physical beating, Abhinandan was also subjected to loud music and bright lights for the first 24 hours, to break him down by keeping him sleep deprived, as reported by ThePrint earlier.

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  1. Wow.. what a nice made up story you guys came up with. Is this your best or you guys can come up with something more stupid and more superficial.

    • Yes, but he is married to a North Indian – Tanvi Marwah. They would speak in Hindi. Also, while Wg Cdr Abhinandan is a Tamil, he grew up on Air Force Stations across India, and I can tell you, Indian Defence B.R.A.T.s Hindi and English is at par with their mother tongue, if not better.

  2. Pakistanis are confused ppl. They pretend to be strong in one sentence and next they plead for de-escalation. From their PM to a common man. Something is different abt them. They change colours at d drop of the hat. Twisting n turning things all the time. Get a life guys. Get mature or u gonna sink further n further. Writting is on the wall.

    • Its war or near war. Shit happens.
      He did it for his country and ours did it for us. Everything put aside, we honour our deads and fallen enemies too. However, we will continue to fight for the cause. But we all sincerely wish that your government understand the folly our their actions. We have no hatred towards the ordinary Pakistani citizens who have almost same struggles like us Indians.

  3. Pakis should thank their luck that Abhinandan ejected in POK which they used as a trade-in. Had he been in Indian territory and since the F-16’s had attached Indian military positions, Bhramos were on Standby to raze the Pakistani Air Bases. They should thank Wing Commander for averting the large scale conflict that India otherwise would have inflicted on Pakistan.

  4. Rahul whoever you are , but keep that statement to yourself .. Cuz india was not in war with Pakistan so we lost what ? We sure lost our faith in people who started supporting the nation which is epitome of lies.. Pakistan is that nation which forced kargil on us and then didn’t even take its army back stating they were not Pakistani army men .. It took till 2010 when Pakistan officially recognized that it sure did fought the war with its army men.. Talking about this conflict we entered 80 km inside Pakistani province of Khyber pakhtunwa , with 12 jets bombed four places and they couldn’t even dare to cross loc .. They shot missiles from their territory just to show that they have bombs .. And when Our men crossed loc to enter their territory with an old third generation aircraft and was shot down is forced to be called as an acchivement ?
    Let me summarise this for you
    1) IAF entered 80 km inside Pakistan bombed 4 different places returned back and Pakistan couldn’t even realize what happened
    2) they bombed few places near loc inside our territory from their side cuz they fucking didn’t have guts to cross loc like IAF
    3) THEY shot down an 3rd generation old aircraft which was single inside their territory when they had a full pack if jets in the air .. That’s an achievement? Even Somalia can do that.. And the fun fact is they had to return the pilot in just 3 days .. So what achievement? Shooting a jet which was about to retire in 2019 itself?

  5. Alas our hero is back after hitting an F-16
    pak army is unprofessional they think they can get away with this
    Anyway the so called aman ki asha tamasha brigade should now stop praising IK

    I would also like to say that the Indian government didn’t budge this time and clearly kept the pressure nevertheless this whole game is not over
    Another strike by India will surely happen

  6. Pakistan supports terrorism in every aspect. NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY DENY. It’s identification at global stage is for terrorism. We’re proud to have Wing commander Abhinadan. He is a true hero. Pakistan had to return him in anyway otherwise history would have witnessed another war. Pakistan is not in economical or financial state to withstand a war even for 15 days. Jai bharat

  7. Seems to be a cooked up story as an afterthought. The Wing Commander told a different version after his return and didn’t say about physical assault. It took over a month for the media to prepare the new story.

  8. Sometimes it is necessary to admit your own folly /mistake/blunder and rather to stand on a wrong action repentance is in order. You lost simple and straight now bear the shame of defeat and arrogance. Writing such myth shall increase your agony of defeat and you may burn in your own fire of apathy. War can never be solution to any issue including kashmir grow up think about millions who are not bothered about your war mongering. Hope sanity find its way in your heart and soul.

    • ale le le beta, chalo bahut hogya, ab wapas apne debt trap wale bill me chale jaao warna pashtun freedom wale log wapas tumhe sunayenge ‘yeh jo dehshardgardi hai, uske pichhe wardi hai’

    • Syed.. Have some shame. Truth is IAF went deep inside Pakistan, bombed Balakot at will and returned back without a scratch. Abhinandan shot down d PAF F-16 with his vintage Mig-21. PAF attacked with over 2 dozen jets but failed to hit a single Indian target. Is that u call a defeat? The level of foolishness is astonishing

    • Naqvi.. stop living in fool’s paradise. IAF went deep inside Pakistan, bombed Balakot with impunity and returned without a scratch. Abhinandan shot d PAF F-16 with with his vintage Mig-21. PAF attacked with over 2 dozen jets but failed to hit a single Indian target. Pak as nuclear state went for a toss 😉😂

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