India’s Foreign Secretary, S. Jaishankar demands action from Islamabad over mutilation of 2 Indian soldiers

There are currently two assumptions behind Pakistan army’s decapitating of two Indian soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch on Monday. The act, a flagrant violation of all international norms and conventions, is considered extremely provocative and serves as an open invitation for retaliatory violence. Pakistan army has carried out such barbarisms in the past (1999, 2000, 2013, and twice in 2016). None of these instances has gone unanswered.

The Pakistan army has slipped into habitual denial but unless the Indian soldiers at the LoC decapitated themselves, the denial is meaningless. Details of the act and overwhelming evidence point to Pakistan army’s collusion and even active involvement.

As per reports, Pakistan’s military and the terrorists-Border Action Team (BAT) were behind the heinous crime close to the Line of Control (LoC).

The army’s Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and the BSF’s Head Constable Prem Sagar were killed and their bodies mutilated in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar on Wednesday summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit and conveyed India’s outrage and demanded action from Islamabad over the killing and barbaric mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army personnel on May 1.

Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit was summoned

In a media statement, on Wednesday, shortly after Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit was summoned, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said: “It was significant that the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector. Blood samples of the Indian soldiers that have been collected and the trail of blood on Roza Nala clearly shows that the killers returned across the Line of Control.”

“Foreign Secretary summons Pak High Commissioner conveys India’s outrage, demands action against Pak soldiers and commanders responsible,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

The blood samples collected from the site in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) matched with the blood of the two soldiers killed. The “blood trail” showed that the perpetrators entered the Indian side from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and returned to where they came from, he said.

A day after two soldiers were beheaded by the Pakistan army, India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) today told his Pakistani counterpart that mutilation of bodies warranted an ‘unequivocal’ response.Lt Gen AK Bhatt termed the mutilation (beheading) a “dastardly and inhuman act”.

“It is beyond the norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response,” he told Pakistan DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza. Using the word ‘unequivocal’, which means unambiguous and leaving no doubt, India sounded a warning to Pakistan that it would respond to the brutal killings.

Lt Gen Bhatt told the Pakistan DGMO that “full fire” support was provided by the Pakistan army.He rejected claims made by the Pakistan army that its troops were not involved in the mutilation.

“Pakistani troops targeted Indian Army patrol on the Indian side of the LC (military usage for LoC) and mutilated bodies of the Indian soldiers,” Lt Gen Bhatt told his counterpart.He also spoke about the presence of border action team (BAT) training in the vicinity of the LoC.

“The DGMO, Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza rejected baseless and unfounded Indian allegations of mutilation of Indian Army soldiers’ bodies by Pakistan army.

”The Pak DGMO asked for actionable evidence and claimed, “allegations of mutilation are India’s attempt to divert the attention of the world from the situation in the Valley”.

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