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India foils Pakistan's attempt to target its military installations: MEA

Feb 27, 2019

India on Wednesday foiled Pakistan's attempt to target its military installations and shot down one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft.

Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, after India's air strikes on Tuesday, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force but due to India's high state of readiness and ness, the neighbouring country's attempts were foiled successfully. He said, the Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side.

The spokesman said, in this engagement, the country has unfortunately lost one MiG 21 and one Indian Air Force pilot is in Pakistan's custody.

New Delhi summoned the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan and demanded the immediate and safe return of an Indian Air Force pilot who is in the custody of Pakistan following an aerial engagement by air forces of the two countries.

In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said, it has been made clear to Pakistan that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel. It also conveyed its strong objection to the vulgar display of the injured personnel, which is in the violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.

New Delhi also lodged a strong protest with Islamabad at the unprovoked act of aggression including violation of its air space by Pakistan Air Force and targeting of Indian military posts earlier today.

The Ministry said, this is in contrast to India's non-military anti-terror pre-emptive strike at a JeM terrorist camp in Balakot. It said, 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.

The Ministry said, 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.

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