The three service chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in the national capital on Wednesday. This was PM Modi’s second meeting with the chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force within 24 hours.
The meeting took place amid the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, after the latter took an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot in its custody following Pakistani Air Force’s failed attempt to breach the Indian air space at Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir, earlier today.
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.
This meeting was held after an Indian Air Force fighter jet went down during an aerial encounter over the LoC(Line of Control) this morning and the pilot was captured by Pakistan.
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 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 defense personnel in its custody,” said New Delhi in its demarche.
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.
New Delhi said it was a “non-military and pre-emptive” strike based on credible inputs that Jaish was training suicide bombers for more attacks like Pulwama. Over 40 soldiers were killed on February 14 when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber attacked a security convoy.