India Demands Immediate, Safe Return Of IAF Pilot Captured By Pakistan
On Wednesday, The government it expects the immediate and safe return of an IAF pilot who has been captured by Pakistan after an air combat with the neighbor country.
According to the reports Pakistan initially claimed it had two Indian pilots, but later confirmed that there is only one pilot under his custody and he is being treated as per norms of military ethics.
In some videos that has circulated by Pakistani accounts, the pilot was seen blindfolded and wounded, his arms tied behind his back, being interrogated. The videos were taken off as Pakistan faced allegations of violating the Geneva Convention for prisoners. Later, a video showed the pilot sipping tea, saying that officers of the Pakistani army have looked after me well.
Earlier, the government had said its pilot was missing in action after shooting down a Pakistani aircraft that was targeting Indian military installations. The Pakistani F-16 aircraft, shot down by an Air Force MiG 21 Bison, crashed on Pakistani territory in the Lam Valley area.
Amid rising tension, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the military chiefs, the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Defence and Foreign Secretaries and intelligence officials. He called the military chiefs again to his home for discussions.
India had been on high alert after IAF fighter jets destroyed a terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, around 80 km from the Line of Control, on Tuesday.