New Delhi: The Indian High Commission in Pakistan on Wednesday evening reportedly issued a demarche to Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and asked for immediate and safe return of Wing Commander Abhinandan. The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot went ‘missing in action’ while retaliating to three Pakistani jets as they violated the Indian airspace in Poonch and Nowshera sectors of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. (India Calls to Follow Geneva Conventions Following Pak’s Claim of Pilot in Custody)
A similar demarche was issued to Pakistan’s acting High Commissioner in New Delhi on Wednesday by the Ministry of External Affairs to lodge a strong protest over Pakistan Air Force targeting Indian military installations.
Terming Pakistan’s aggression over the pre-emptive air strike unfortunate, India said, “It is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its international obligation and bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistan has acted with aggression against India.”
Acknowledging IAF pilot Abhinandan ‘missing in action’, the MEA objected to the ‘vulgar display’ of the injured IAF pilot in violation of all norms and said Islamabad must ensure that no harm was done to the defence personnel in its custody. (India-Pakistan Standoff: US Backs India’s ‘Pre-emptive’ Strike on JeM Terror Camps in Pakistan, Asks Both Countries to Take Steps to De-escalate Situation)
Earlier on Wednesday, at least three Pakistani jets violated the Indian air space and entered border areas Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by Indian aircraft. The IAF, in retaliatory firing, shot down a F-16 jet 3 km within Pakistan territory in Lam Valley.
India on Tuesday avenged the dastardly Pulwama terror attack by mounting a massive offensive on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan and carried a ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ on three camps of the terrorist organisation, killing nearly 300 militants.