Specials India-Pak Conflict

Revealed, The Identity Of The Woman Beside Pilot Abhinandan

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman crossed over to India through the gates at the Attari-Wagah border at 9.20 pm on March 1. In all the visuals that showed the IAF pilot walking towards his native land, a woman is seen accompanying him. While most people conjectured she might be the wife, she was actually Dr Fariha Bugti. She is an Foreign Ministry of Pakistan {equivalent to IFS} officer and presently is in charge of handling India affairs at Pakistan’s Foreign office. She is also one of the main Pakistani officials handling the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is in Pakistan captivity, accused of being an Indian spy. Fariha, who joined FSP in 2005, was there with Jadhav when he met his mother and wife in Islamabad last year. She walked the IAF office up to the zero line. She is one of the most distinguished officers in FSP handling complicated Indo-Pak diplomatic cases and is the only woman officer working in FSP who belongs to Balochistan.