New Delhi: After the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) briefed the media that an Indian pilot is in Pakistan’s custody, following the Indian Air Force (IAF) shooting a Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft this morning, calls were made to the neighbouring country to treat him humanely and in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
During a press briefing today, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the IAF lost one MiG 21 and a pilot was missing in action. The calls were reportedly made after Pakistan violated the Geneva Convention by releasing a video showing the pilot tied up on social media. However, this video couldn’t be authenticated and was soon removed from Pakistan government’s official Twitter accounts.
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The Geneva Conventions outlines the basic rights of wartime prisoner, including civilians and military personnel, established protections for the wounded and sick, and establishes measures to safeguard civilians in and around a war-zone.
Sources said it was not clear if India would take up the case of the missing IAF pilot through diplomatic channels and or the United Nations (UN), reported ANI. It is being said that Pakistan had not formally informed India about the detention of the pilot which it claimed to have in its custody.
The Pakistan military had claimed to have captured two Indian pilots after shooting down an IAF jet. Head of the media wing of Pakistan’s military Major General Asif Ghafoor said one of the pilots was hospitalised and was being treated for injuries.
The development came just after India shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet that violated the Indian air space in retaliatory fire 3 km within Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector. Earlier, Pakistan had claimed to have entered the Indian airspace and dropped bombs. Senior government officials said there were no reports of any casualty.