On Friday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the release of Varthaman, terming his decision "a peace gesture". The BSF had cancelled its flag-lowering and retreat ceremony at the border in view of the pilot's return.
What does the pilot say?
Wing Commander Varthaman, son of a decorated IAF veteran, was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile. "There's a lot of dislike, unfortunately, so we've been in the middle trying to help them both out, see if we can get some organization and some peace, and I think probably that's going to be happening".
The IAF pilot was earlier accompanied by officials of the Indian High Commission led by Group Captain J.D. Kurian. He will be received by a delegation of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Wagah Border. But today, a real hero is coming back.
But Indian officials could be sceptical - having raised these concerns before.
Tensions between the two countries have escalated sharply in the past few weeks.
An eye for an eye, the Pakistan Air Force violated India's Airspace on Wednesday, in retaliation with the attack on its training camps. Pakistan has not confirmed the loss of the plane so far.
Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since their independence from British rule in 1947. All but one were over Kashmir. It divided the Indian subcontinent into a predominantly Hindu India and mostly Muslim Pakistan.More news: Corbyn continues push for his Brexit plan despite defeat and referendum calls
In Parkistan four airports will begin partial operations with a full resumption of commercial flights on Monday, following their suspension after the military tensions.
Khan has already called for talks with India to prevent the risk of a "miscalculation" between their militaries.
Though there was no official word about the prime minister's meeting with cabinet members, sources said he attributed Pakistan's success in the standoff with India to the Almighty's blessings. "Senior team of the Indian Air Force will receive Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman", Deputy Commissioner Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon said in Amritsar.
He said that one Indian pilot was in the custody of the Pakistani army.
Wing Commander Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan Army after his fighter jet crashed in an air duel with a Pakistani F-16.
A second, more controversial video that may run afoul of Geneva Conventions was tweeted by Pakistan's Information Ministry.
The pilot's family have not yet commented on the events.