The Indian government has said an Indian pilot is “missing in action” after an Air Force aircraft shot down a Pakistani jet that was targeting military installations in India.
With an Indian pilot in Pakistan’s custody following an aerial encounter with the Indian Air Force over the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir today, there were calls to treat him humanely and in accordance to the Geneva Conventions.
According to experts, Pakistan had violated the conventions by releasing a purported video showing him tied up and bloodied on social media. NDTV will not use the video in its broadcasts.
The video, however, was soon removed from their official Twitter accounts by the Pakistan government.
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. It said it expected the pilot’s immediate and safe return.
This came after Pakistan claimed “strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace”, in the worst escalation of hostilities between the countries in decades following India’s air strike to target a terror camp in Balakot on Tuesday.
The Geneva Conventions were signed by world leaders in 1949 following the horrors of the second world war. Ratified by 196 countries, it is the most widely-supported international treaty of its kind.
The Geneva Conventions extensively defined the basic rights of wartime prisoner, including civilians and military personnel, established protections for the wounded and sick, and established measures to safeguard civilians in and around a war-zone.