PM Modi Meets Services Chiefs on Pak Situation

NEW DELHI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with the three armed forces chiefs to review the ongoing situation between India and Pakistan.

Yesterday, in an aeriel encounter over the LoC an Indian Air Force fighter jet went down and the pilot was captured by Pakistan.

The government has said it expected the “immediate and safe return” of the pilot in Pakistan’s custody. In a demarche, India also lodged a strong protest at what it called an “unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan”, saying its jets targeted military installations in India.

In the worst escalation of hostilities between the countries in decades, a day after India’s air strike to target a terror camp in Balakot, fighter jets of both sides engaged in direct battle. Pakistan later put out a video of the Indian Air Force pilot whose MiG-21 jet had crashed after shooting down a Pakistani aircraft.

“India also strongly objected to Pakistan’s vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody,” said New Delhi in its demarche.

Wednesday’s meeting between the Prime Minister and the three service chiefs and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, that lasted some one hour and 20 minutes, was the second one in 24 hours.