US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backs India's air strikes
During their talk, Pompeo backed India's decision to destroy the Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest terror camp at Balakot in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
Here are the details.
Mike Pompeo backs Indian air strike against JeM
What we know about the Doval-Pompeo call
During the 25 minute call, Pompeo reportedly told Doval that cross-border terrorism such as the Pulwama attack, or the Uri attack earlier, posed a grave threat to the security of the region.
Earlier, too, the US had directed Pakistan to act
Earlier, in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack that left 40 CRPF jawans martyred, the US had come down heavily on Pakistan.
Washington had not only condemned the attacks, but had also instructed Pakistan to immediately end support on terror groups operating on its home soil.
The UNSC, too, including Pakistan's ally China, had condemned the attack and held the JeM responsible.
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Pompeo's comments come amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan
Pompeo's comments come at a time when India and Pakistan are seeing the worst escalation in decades.
In the dog fight that ensued, India shot down one Pakistani jet, while Pakistan shot down one Indian jet.
India, meanwhile, has demanded immediate release of IAF pilot
India, for its, part has demanded his immediate and safe return.
Meanwhile, Pakistan claimed the wing commander will be held according to Geneva Convention.
The laws, which protect POWs, were first detailed in the 1929 Geneva Convention. They were later amended in the third 1949 Geneva Convention after World War II.
What the Geneva Convention says in this regard
"Their (POWs) detention is not a form of punishment but only aims to prevent further participation in the conflict. They must be released and repatriated without delay after the end of hostilities. The detaining power may prosecute them for possible war crimes, but not for acts of violence that are lawful under International Humanitarian Law," the convention states.