The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan was summoned this afternoon by MEA to ‘lodge a strong protest at the unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan against India earlier today, including by violation of the Indian air space by Pakistan Air Force and targeting of Indian military posts.’
A press note by the government of India said just a few minutes ago.
The note states that this is in contrast to India’s non-military anti-terror pre-emptive strike at a JeM terrorist camp in Balakot on 26 February 2019.
Remember this image. Burn it into your mind. Tattoo it on your soul. This is your son. This is your brother. This is your friend. This is Wing Commander Abhinandan of @IAF_MCC. He bleeds for us. Never forgive. Never forget. #BringBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/r055mtUVWN
— Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) (@majorgauravarya) February 27, 2019
Further, it said that ‘it is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its international obligation and bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistani side has acted with aggression against India. It was clearly conveyed that India reserves the right to take firm and decisive action to protect its national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity against any act of aggression or cross-border terrorism.’
Braveheart IAF Pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Vardhaman should be returned to India without any harm as per Geneva convention. #BringBackAbhinandan
— IAS Association (@IASassociation) February 27, 2019
Taking a strong line against Pakistan, 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. India also expects his immediate and safe return.
During the summoning, India expressed regret at the continous denial by Pakistan’s political and military leadership at the presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control. A dossier was handed over to Pakistani side with specific details of JeM complicity in Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. It was conveyed that India expects Pakistan to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from territories under its control.