New Delhi: In the wake of the escalating tension between India and Pakistan, the Delhi Metro Rail network was put on red alert on Wednesday. A statement by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) read, “As advised by security agencies, Red Alert has been imposed in the entire DMRC network from 6 PM onwards today.”

“Under Red Alert, all station controllers are required to inspect entire station premises for any suspicious items/activity including parking lots and report to the Control Centre every two hours,” the statement further read.

Earlier today, the Government had ordered a shut down of eleven airports after Pakistan responded by using its air force to target military installations on the Indian side. The orders were later withdrawn and operations resumed.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) briefed the media on Wednesday afternoon stating that an Indian pilot was missing in action, following the Indian Air Force (IAF) shooting a Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft in the morning. Thereafter, calls were reportedly made to the neighbouring country to treat him humanely and in accordance with the Geneva Convention.