Full Text: MEA issues demarche to Pakistan on act of aggression against India, objects to 'vulgar' display of injured IAF pilot

In a strongly worded statement, India on Wednesday summoned Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan to lodge a strong protest at the country's "unprovoked act of aggression" and strongly objected to Pakistan’s "vulgar display" of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force (IAF). 

India also condemned Pakistan for not fulfilling the bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil.

 Full Text: MEA issues demarche to Pakistan on act of aggression against India, objects to vulgar display of injured IAF pilot

File image of MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. Twitter/@MEAIndia

Pressing the issue diplomatically, the government has also issued a demarche to Pakistan on its act of aggression against India. 

A dossier was handed over to Pakistan with "specific details" of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) complicity in Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. 

Here is the full text of the statement by the Ministry of External Affairs:

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.

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.

New Delhi
February 27, 2019

The full text has been reproduced from website of Ministry of External Affairs and has not been edited by Firstpost for style and clarity.

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Updated Date: Feb 27, 2019 23:48:38 IST