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Ensure no harm comes to Indian defence personnel, expect his safe return: India to Pak

File photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 27, 2019, 07.00 PM (IST)

After India declared that one of its pilots was "missing in action", the ministry of foreign affairs(MEA) summoned the Pakistani deputy high commissioner  Syed Haider Shah  even as tensions escalated at the border on Wednesday.

In a statement, the MEA said: "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."

"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," the MEA statement added.

India and Pakistan Air Force were involved in a skirmish on Wednesday morning as Pakistan Air Force(PAF) jets entered Indian airspace through Nowshera. India's foreign ministry spokesman said Indian forces shot down a PAF jet but it lost a MiG-21 aircraft with a pilot "missing in action".

In the afternoon, PM Imran Khan in an address to the nation called for talks terming war as a "miscalculation". Amid heightened tensions, the US and China urged both sides to exercise restraint.

The Indian Air Force had conducted a predawn attack on Pakistani terror targets on Tuesday in Balakot area the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan in retaliation against the terror attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama on February 14th.