Have been requesting Pakistan to act against Jaish, but it did not: India tells Human Rights Commission
India has written to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva and informed it about the Indian Air Force's (IAF) airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) training camps in Balakot, Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror organisation's attack on the CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on February 14.
India reached out to Human Rights Commission on a day Pakistan said it has captured one Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot after India retaliated to Pakistan's breach of Indian airspace. Pakistan also released a video of a pilot who identified himself as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
"The non-military preemptive action on February 26 was specifically targeted at the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desires to avoid civilian casualties. India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed to prevent Jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan," India said in its statement.
India said it expects Pakistan, as per their 2004 solemn commitment, to hold (1) the terrorists accountable for their actions, (2) to not allow its soil and territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India, and (3) to take follow up actions to dismantle all Jaish-e-Mohammed and other camps.
Meanwhile, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is having discussions "at different levels with different parties" about the tense India-Pakistan situation, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday.
He refused to say who those parties were or the levels of contact but said the discussions were "to make sure that we have, we get a full picture" of the situation.
"The message coming out of those discussions is on the need for both countries to do whatever they can to de-escalate the situation," he said.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj will leave for the UAE today to take part in Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting as the guest of honour. Pakistan had on Wednesday expressed reservations at OIC after the latter extended an invitation to Sushma Swaraj to be the guest of honour.
"I have spoken to the United Arab Emirates foreign minister and have expressed my reservations over her invitation. I have made myself clear that India has shown aggression," Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.