Know the cost of India's MiG-21 fighter jets downed by Pakistan


And a spokesman for Pakistan's military even tweeted out a photo of this pilot.

Hostilities between the two countries have increased since a suicide attack in Kashmir killed more than 40 Indian soldiers earlier this month. The Pakistan-based Jihadi group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, claimed responsibility. "It was why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight".

"When India stuck yesterday morning (on the JeM training camp at Balakot), we spoke to our Army command and waited to take action till we assessed the damage caused".

Netizens, a lot of them former force personnel, their groups and others are also forwarding the message, "Don't share videos of the pilot".

The captured Indian pilot went on to say that "I would not change my statement if I go back to my country". However, Islamabad disputed the claim, saying that while India's warplanes had entered Pakistani airspace, they were forced to drop their bombs in an empty field after Pakistan air force jets were scrambled to intercept them.

Following air combat between the Indian and Pakistani air force, the Indian pilot was captured on Wednesday after he was ejected safely from his MiG 21 Bison aircraft but landed across the Line of Control (LoC) in the neighbour country. He also clarified that Pakistan was holding one pilot, not two, as it previously said. Major General Asif Ghafoor spoke in a press release that Pakistan doesn't wish to involve any civilians, and that this airstrike was not a retaliation but an act of self-defence. Indian and Pakistan fought a second war over Kashmir in 1965.

As tensions mounted, commercial flights were suspended across Pakistan and a swath of northwestern India.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement he had spoken separately with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and urged them to "prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity".

Article 13 of the Geneva Conventions says "prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity".

"Pakistan's armed forces have the capability, capacity, will and the nation's support - but we do not want to be irresponsible". "Don't fall into Pakistan propaganda trap of trolls", it added.

He said this action was purely in self-defense and with no aggressive designs.

Pakistan was under intense pressure from the U.S., the UAE and Saudi Arabia to de-escalate the tensions with India in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack and release the Indian pilot.

According to sources, the Indian High Commission gave a demarche to not only the Pakistan Foreign Affair Ministry but also to Pakistan's acting High Commissioner in New Delhi for the release and return of the Wing Commander. "They called on the worldwide community to strengthen UN-led global counter-terrorism cooperation by fully implementing the relevant UNSC resolutions and the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of worldwide law", said a joint communique of the 16th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China.

India has 500,000 troops stationed in the region to counter an armed insurgency by separatists seeking either independence or a merger with Pakistan. If investments were to come in and trade were to prosper, so that the lives of the Pakistani people can improve, without taking a strong and effective take on terrorism the country will not only fail to flourish regionally but also globally. Some urged both governments to be cautious and avoid further provocation, but many blamed India for the escalation and expressed defiant bravado.