The Ministry of External Affairs has issued a statement heavily censuring Pakistan's 'unprovoked act of aggression' against India, earlier on Wednesday by violating Indian airspace and targetting India's military installation; further giving Pakistan an ultimatum by demanding 'safe and immediate' return of the Indian Air Force pilot.
The letter articulated that Pakistan's aggression stood in contrast to India's counter-terrorist strike on the UN-designated Jaish-e-Mohammed lavish camps within the borders of Pakistan.
It pointed out that Pakistan failed to satisfy its international obligation and bilateral allegiance to take plausible steps against terror organisations and individuals operating from their soil.
It further emphasised that India reserves the right to take a decisive action to protect its national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity against cross-border terrorism.
The government has deplored the 'vulgar display of injured personnel' Indian MIG-21 pilot in custody of Pakistan, citing a breach of International Humanitarian Law and Geneva Convention. Further asserting that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel asking for his 'immediate and safe return'
It also underlined how India expressed its regret over repeated denial of Pakistan government and military at the presence of terror outfits within the borders of Pakistan in its control. It further revealed how India had handed over a dossier specifying details of 'JeM complicity in Pulwama terror attack and presence of JeM terror camps'.
Yet again, India entailed Pakistan to take action against 'terrorism emanating from territories under its control'
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.
This is in contrast to the India’s non-military anti-terror pre-emptive strike at a JeM terrorist camp in Balakot on 26 February 2019. 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, Pakistan 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.
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.
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Regret was expressed at continuing 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 Pakistan 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.