New Delhi: It wasn’t three but 20 Pakistan fighter jets which had violated India’s airspace a day ago, said reports on Thursday.
According to Zee News, it wasn’t just three F16s which violated India’s airspace, but as many as 20 of those and they had come in as far as 10 km into Indian territory. (Also read: ‘He Spoke so Bravely, We’re Proud of Him)
With that exercise, Pakistan was trying to target India’s military installations, said Ministry of Defence officials, as reported by ANI. They also said that the neighbouring country had violated the Geneva Convention by mistreating the captured IAF personnel.
“We believe that the Pakistan Army is actively supporting the Jaish-e-Mohammed and is harbouring its leaders,” said an MOD official.
India has objected to Pakistan’s “vulgar display” of the injured IAF personnel which was in complete violation of the Geneva Convention.
Earlier, on Wednesday evening, the Indian High Commission in Pakistan reportedly issued a demarche to Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and asked for an 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.
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.