NEW DELHI: India on Monday strongly condemned the Pakistan Army’s barabaric act of mutilating the bodies of two Indian soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector, vowing an appropriate response from the Indian Army.
In a stern statement, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said such “acts do not happen in war let alone in peace.” He described the act as “reprehensible and inhuman.” He said the whole country has full faith and confidence in Indian Army which would give an appropriate response to this barbaric act. He said the sacrifice of two soldiers would not go in vain.
Indian Army dubbed it as “unsoldierly act “ by the Pakistan Army and vowed that such an act would be “appropriately responded.”
On its part, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied the allegation of mutilating the bodies of the soldiers, terming it “false”. In a statement, ISPR said that Pakistan Army was a highly professional force and “shall never disrespect a soldier even Indian.” It also denied any ceasefire violation on the Line of Control or a Border Action Team (BAT) action.
Indian Army said that the Pakistan Army carried out “unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector”.
The martyred soldiers – an army jawan and a constable of the Border Security Force – or BSF – were part of a patrol team between two forward posts along the LoC. The Army said that Pak Army’s Border Action Team (BAT) launched the attack on the patrol and the bodies of two soldiers in the patrol were mutilated.
In November 2016, one jawan’s body had been mutilated after three were martyred in unprovoked Pak firing at LoC in Macchal sector in Kupwara district in Kashmir Valley.