Donald Trump’s made a comment at a press conference in Hanoi that could offer a hope of de-escalation a day after hostilities peaked between India and Pakistan.
“We have I think reasonably attractive news from Pakistan and India,” Donald Trump said in Hanoi, Vietnam after a failed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Donald Trump said that the United States was “involved” in mediating between India and Pakistan and in “trying to have them stop”. “And we have some reasonably decent news… and I think it is going to end… it has been going on for a long time,” Trump said, referring to the heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.
What? Trump says “reasonably attractive news” coming from India and Pakistan and that it’s “coming to an end” pic.twitter.com/62Ikuh3ukk
— Ananth Krishnan (@ananthkrishnan) February 28, 2019
Earlier, the US had called on India and Pakistan to “cease all cross-border military activity” and “take immediate steps to deescalate the situation, including through direct communication”.
This has come after the Pulwama Attack in which over 44 CRPF jawans were killed during a suicide bombing on February 14, Thursday. Terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed took the responsibility of attacks.
A 22-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar was identified as the suicide bomber who carried out the attack. Accused of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks the state has ever witnessed, Dar lived just 10 kilometres away from the attack spot in Gundibagh.
In retaliation, on Tuesday, February 26, Indian Air Force had bombed Jaish’s terror camps in PoK. Responding to the act, the Pakistan government has referred to it as an act of aggression. Also, they also seized an Indian Air Force pilot, Abhinanadan Vardhaman on February 27.
Pakistan is barred from torturing Wg Cdr Abhinandan, has to return him at end of hostilities.
It must be noted that Abhinandan’s human rights, as well as those of any prisoner of war (PoW) are protected under ‘The Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War’. This means that not only is Pakistan prohibited from torturing or coercing Wing Commander Abhinandan, it is also obligated to return him to India at the end of the hostilities.
Article 13 of the Convention of 1929 clearly states: “Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention.”
Indian Twitter was vociferous demanding the return of the pilot and hoping it would bring the two countries sort out their points of contention. Some very angry Twitter users wanted more action against Pakistan while many were clear that India should push diplomatically for the return of Indian personnel in Pakistani custody.
The entire nation prayed for the captured hero and hoped that he is returned safely. The hash tag “#SayNotoWar” and #Abhinandan were among the top trends globally on Wednesday.
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