Since India's pre-dawn airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) launch pads on Tuesday in retaliation to terror attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama on February 14th, tension has been on the rise between the two nuclear neighbours. On Wednesday, Indian forces shot down one aircraft belonging to the Pakistan Air Force(PAF) as it sought to target Indian military installations. India also lost one MiG-21 aircraft and declared a pilot was missing in action.
Here are the top 10 developments.
- According to news agency ANI, NSA Ajit Doval and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephonic conversation on Wednesday night. During call the Pompeo said that the US supported India’s decision to take action against JeM terror camp on Pakistani soil. Remember India's external affairs minister also spoke to Pompeo on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Indian strikes on JeM camps in Pakistan.
- US, France, UK have proposed listing of Jaish e Mohammad(JeM) chief Masood Azhar according to news agency Reuters. Listing under the 1267 committee of United Nations Security Council will freeze his assets and put him global no flight list. The French government last week said it will be proposing his listing.
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a visit to UAE for 2-day Organisation of Islamic Cooperation foreign ministers meet on March 1,2. This is for the first time India has been invited as a guest. Meanwhile, Pakistan's Foreign Minister SM Qureshi has threatened to boycott the meet if India is not disinvited.
- India has pointed out to the contradictions and repeated flip flop of Pakistan over its claim on the capture of an Indian Air Force pilot. Highlighting the contradictory statements made by the Pakistani Army post the capture of an IAF personnel, a top source told WION, "The DG ISPR had tweeted that there is only one Indian pilot in Pakistan's custody." The Pakistan PM also in his statements mentioned "Pilots".
- Pakistani airspace remains closed in the aftermath of strikes launched by the country on Indian military installations. Jet Airways in a statement said due to the closure of Pakistani airspace, flights to and from India will not fly over Pakistan and re-routed to ensure safety and security of its operation. Thai Airways cancelled its Europe flights while Air Canada has cancelled flights to India.
- India has slammed Pakistan at the 40th session of the human rights council. In an addressed by India's permanent representative Rajiv Chander United Nations Offices in Geneva said, "We expect that Pakistan lives up to its commitments and takes follow up actions to dismantle all Jaish E Mohammad and other camps and hold the terrorist accountable for the actions".
- The US has called India and Pakistan to cease all cross-border military activity and return to stability. The US state department urged both sides to take "immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, including direct communication." Adding, further military activity will exacerbate the situation.
- The four Indians stranded in Lahore are likely to come back to India by Wagha today. They are stuck in Lahore since all flights in Pakistani airspace were grounded in the backdrop of Pakistan strikes on Indian military installations. Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities have said that they have suspended Samjotha express.
- Indian Ambassador to US Harsh Shringla has said that New Delhi will not keep quiet to any act of terrorism. According to news agency PTI, Shringla said India will be giving "appropriate response" to all terrorism incidents. He also called on Pakistan to meet its international obligations to crackdown on terrorist networks and safe havens within its territory.
- The Indian markets opened in positive. The markets have been trading in negative in the backdrop of India Pakistan tensions for the last 2 days. Pakistan's karachi stock exchange has fallen more than 2000 points in last 2 days.