The United States approached Pakistan and India to “ cease all cross-border military activity” and “ take immediate steps to deescalate the situation, including through direct communication”, after a day of first air combat between India and Pakistan instigated by the recent terror attack and the capture of Indian pilot by Pakistan.
Insisting the neighbors to give efforts for a “return to stability ”, the US also suggested Pakistan to abide by the regulations of the UN Security Council to act strictly against the flourishing of the terrorists and stop making heaven Pakistan for the terror group blocking their access to funds.
The statement mentioned the brutal killing of 40 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and told “ cross-border terrorism poses a grave threat to the security of the region”.
A strong statement has been released by the government and politically initiated to Pakistan after being informed by Pakistan about shooting down two Indian aircraft and taking an Indian pilot captive. India also informed they had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet in aerial combat.
The first air counter between two neighbour countries since 1971, noted prompt rise of tension a day after India sent its fighter jets to Pakistan for the first time in decades and continued hitting at the major terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had killed 40 CRPF soldiers in a suicide bombing in the Pulwama district of Kashmir on 14th February.
The expectation of Indian government about the “ immediate and safe return ” of the pilot and suited a strong protest over the “unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan”, claiming their jets had attempted on the military deployment in an Indian border area.
In the videos from Pakistan, the captivated soldier has been seen to be interrogated being blindfolded and wounded and tied with arms behind his back.
As after spreading the video of brutal interrogation of the captive soldier, Pakistan confronted the allegation of violation of Geneva Convention Rules. Later another video has been leaked in which the captive pilot has been seen to ship tea saying that, “ officers of the Pakistani army have looked after me well”.
Pakistan claimed initially that it had captured two pilots and he was treated “ as per norms of military ethics”.
India warned it “strongly objects to Pakistan’s vulgar display” of the pilot and told Pakistan, “would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defense personnel in its custody.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told in a televised address, “ It was our plan to not cause any collateral damage, and not to cause any casualties. We simply wanted to show capability. Two Indian MiGs crossed Pakistan’s Borders, and we shot them down. I want to now address India and say let sanity prevail.”
Meanwhile, during the escalating tension, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the Military Chiefs, as well as National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, along with the Defence and Foreign Secretaries and intelligence officials.
A high alert has been declared in Indian border region amid the warning of any action of returning military attack by Islamabad after the successful destruction of the JEM terror camp in Balakot, around 80 km from the border of control, by the Indian IAF fighter jets, in a pre-dawn strike on Tuesday. New Delhi claimed it was a “non-military and pre-emptive” attempt based on the counter-military effort to stop more attacks like Pulwama for which JEM terror group was preparing their suicide bombers through training.