"It is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its global obligation and bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistan has acted with aggression against India", the MEA said.
As an IAF pilot has been captured by Pakistan, he is to be treated as a prisoner of war (POW), according to the Geneva Conventions. Worldwide law doesn't require "declared war" in order to classify the conflict as global and consequently, begin the application of global humanitarian law (IHL). By agreement between the Parties to the conflict, commissions shall be established for the objective of searching for dispersed prisoners of war and of assuring their repatriation with the least possible delay.
With Pakistan on Wednesday claiming that it has captured the missing pilot of the downed IAF plane, leaders of various parties expressed concern over the well-being of the officer and voiced hope that he will return soon.
"Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated".
The singular term "Geneva Convention" refers to the agreements of 1949, which substantially updated previous agreements following the humanitarian havoc caused during the World War II (1939-45).
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The commentary on Geneva Convention III supports this proposition, noting that it "makes no difference how long the conflict lasts, how much slaughter takes place, or how numerous are the participating forces; it suffices for the armed forces of one Power to have captured adversaries falling within the scope of Article 4". The Pakistani military identified this pilot as Varthaman and said he was in custody.
POWs can not be subjected to physical or mental torture, or any other form of coercion to secure from them information of any kind.
It says no POW may be subjected to "physical mutilation" and must be protected at all times, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity. Another showed him drinking tea as he praises his treatment by his captors while refusing to answer questions about his aircraft and mission.
Prisoners of war who, owing to their physical or mental condition, are unable to state their identity, must be handed over for medical treatment.
The convention also states that all PoWs must be allowed to keep with them their personal effects, such as any correspondence and parcels that have arrived for them, and take with them all personal effects barring military equipment and military documents.
All major countries in the world - including India and Pakistan - are signatories of the Geneva convention which advocates the humane treatment of soldiers and/or civilians captured. In August 2015, KC Cariappa, the son of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, who was captured by the Pakistani forces, wrote in Outlook about the details of his incarceration in the military prisons in Pakistan.
POWs can not be subjected to torture, physical or mental, for any reason.