Top Indian Army Commander Talks Tough to Pak Which Remains in Denial Mode
NEW DELHI: Amidst national outrage over mutilation of two Indian soldiers’ bodies, Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen AK Bhatt on Tuesday spoke on hotline to his Pakistani counterpart, conveying grave concern over the Indian patrol being targeted by Pakistan troops and mutilation of bodies of the soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector.
In a stern message, Lt-Gen Bhatt told his Pakistani counterpart Major-General Sahir Shamshad Mirza that such a “dastardly and inhuman act was beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response.’’
Indian Army, in a statement, said the DGMO expressed grave concern about the incident in Krishna Ghati sector where Pak troops targeted Indian patrol on Indian side of Line of Control (LoC) and mutilated bodies of two soldiers.
He also conveyed concern about the presence of Border Action Teams (BAT) training camps in the close vicinity of LoC in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). He said that full fire support was provided by the Pakistan Army post located in vicinity of the incident site”.
Pakistan Army continued to be in denial mode and asked India to produce “actionable evidence” that a Pak BAT team had cross LoC and mutilated bodies of two Indian soldiers. The issue was discussed during a hotline contact between the two DGMOs.
Union Finance Minister and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it is understood that the issue of beheading of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of and Head Constable of Border Security Force (BSF) Prem Sagar came up for discussion.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that local commanders level hotline contact was established at Rawalkot-Poonch sector on LoC on Monday night between Pak and Indian Army authorities. Indian counterpart was told that there has been no crossing of LoC by Pakistani troops from Pak side nor mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers.
Giving expression to the widespread outrage and shock in the country over the mutilation of soldiers’ bodies by Pak BAT team, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu described Pakistan as a “rogue state”, Speaking in Bengaluru, Mr. Naidu said the government would take “appropriate action.’’
The Indian Army bid final adieu to the two martyred soldiers and their bodies were cremated with full military honour. While Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh’s last rites were held in Tarn Taran in Punjab, BSF head constable Prem Sagar’s final rites were performed in his village in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh. Their families also demanded a befitting and hard response from the Indian Army to their Pakistani counterparts for this “inhuman and barbaric’’ act.