On Wednesday evening, Islamabad clarified that Indian Wing Commander Abihnandan was in their custody after an aerial encounter with the Indian Air Force over the Line of Control and that two jets were shut down. According to the Geneva Conventions, the pilot must be treated humanely.
As per experts, Pakistan has already violated the conventions by releasing a video on social media which is showing that the Pakistan armed forces have tied him up and he is bloodied.
However, the video was soon removed from their official Twitter accounts by the Pakistan government. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, director general of Pakistan said at a media briefing an hour later that two Indian pilots were captured by Pakistan’s ground forces. “One of them was injured and has been taken to Combined Military Hospital and will be given proper care. Another is in our custody,” the army spokesperson said.
On Twitter top trends were “Geneva Convention” and “#SayNoToWar” with messages calling for the tensions between India and Pakistan.
The Indian government said an Indian pilot was in Pakistan’s custody after a fighter jet was shot down in an encounter with Pakistani Air Force planes trying to target military installations in India this morning. The government also stated that it expected the pilot will immediately and safely return.
Pakistan said, “strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace”. After India has targeted a terror camp in Balakot as a reply of Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir, the hostility between the two countries has worsened.
In 1949, the Geneva Conventions were signed by the leaders of 196 countries after the horror of the second world war. The Geneva Conventions extensively defined the basic rights of the prisoners during the war and it was also directed that the wounded and sick personnel during the war even if from opposition must be treated and protected.
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