India-Pakistan tension: Imran Khan asks India for a dialogue

NEW DELHI: Since two days from the attack laid down by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the largest training camp of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot, the tension between the two countries is been increasing as time passes by.

Pakistani jets unsuccessfully targeted key Indian military installations: MEA

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter aircraft was shot down by the Indian Air Force (IAF) during an engagement on Wednesday morning, says the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

In a statement made during the press conference, the MEA confirmed that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had planned to eliminate many of the Indian military institutions by violating the LOC, but was subsequently foiled by the Indian side.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar says, “The Indian Air force shot down one Pakistan Air Force plane and ground forces have seen falling on the Pakistan side. India had informed on counter-terror action taken yesterday against the JeM camp. Pakistan has responded by using its Air Force to target military installations on our side. But [their action] was foiled successfully.”

”The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody,” he added.

Pakistan’s claims

Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces earlier claimed that the Pakistan Air Force had shot down two Indian aircraft and two pilot were been arrested.

“In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” he tweets.

However in the official statement made by PAF the number of pilots been arrested came down to one. They also released a short video of the pilot were he is been seen calling himself as a wing commander Abhinandan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan calls on India to come to the dialogue table and discuss any concerns it has around the Pulwama terror attack. He also promised to investigate any involvement of Pakistanis in the attack, reiterating the offer he made after the terror incident.

“Given the weapons India and Pakistan have, can we afford a miscalculation?

“I ask India: with the weapons you have and the weapons we have, can we really afford a miscalculation? If this [situation] escalates, it will no longer be in my control or in [Prime Minister] Narendra Modi’s. II again invite you…let’s talk on terrorism… we are ready, but better sense should prevail and we should resolve our issues through dialogue. Let’s sit together and settle this with talks,” he said.

MEA summons Pak. Deputy High Commissioner, objects to Pakistan’s “vulgar display” of injured Indian pilot

Meantime, the MEA summons Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah and lodges strong protest over the Pakistan Air Force’s attack on India’s military installations.

A statement released by the MEA says India has lodged “a strong protest at the unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan.”

India strongly objects to Pakistan’s “vulgar display” of an injured personnel of the IAF in violation of international humanitarian laws and the Geneva Convention.

What is Geneva Convention?
The Geneva Conventions extensively defined the basic rights of wartime prisoners (civilians and military personnel), established protections for the wounded and sick, and established protections for the civilians in and around a war-zone.

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