In a joint statement, the Grand Opposition of parties said, "the meeting of 21 parties expresses their deep anguish over the blatant politicisation of the sacrifices made by our armed forces by leaders of the ruling party. National security must transcend narrow political considerations." The leaders observed that the Prime Minister has, regrettably, not convened an all party meeting as per the established practice in our Democracy.
The leaders expressed concern on the emerging security situation in the country. Post the statement from the MEA regarding targeting of our military installations and loss of one fighter aircraft, the leaders condemned the "Pakistani misadventure and expressed their deep concern for the safety of the missing IAF pilot," who is in custody of Pakistan Army.
After Pakistan claimed that it has an IAF pilot in their custody, the demand to bring back the missing pilot grew on social media. #Abhinandan, #SayNoToWar, and #BringBackAbhinandan are currently the top three trends in India on Twitter. A video of the missing pilot is also trending on social media. "There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army's custody. Wing Commander Abhinandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics," tweeted DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor.
"I'm sorry to hear that one of our brave IAF pilots is missing. I hope he will return home soon, unharmed. We stand by our armed forces in these difficult times," tweeted Rahul Gandhi, after giving out the joint statement.