India summons Pak envoy over beheading of jawans

Asked repeatedly whether the blood samples and the trail included blood of Pakistani soldiers and how the government was sure these were of the Indian personnel, the spokesperson repeated the written formulation on the involvement of Pakistani soldiers on their return to Pakistan. In an unsoldierly act by the Pakistan Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated.

Pakistani Army guns on their posts Roza and Battal were active in the area of incident even as they fired around 50 rockets followed by a heavy barrage of mortars which created a thick smoke screen.

"This shows people who came from across the border later returned to Pakistan-occupied [Azad] Kashmir".

Meanwhile, there were also reports of a group of Pakistani schoolchildren on a trip to India returning earlier than planned after the MEA informed the NGO organisers that this was not the appropriate time for such a visit.

Basit, it is learnt, defended the Pakistan Army and denied that Pakistani soldiers were involved in any such activity but added that he will convey the content of the demarche to his Government. "Instead of speaking, we will focus on our action at a time and place of our choosing", he told reporters yesterday.

According to India's External Affairs spokesman Gopal Baglay, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar conveyed to Basit "outrage at the killing and the barbaric act of mutilation" of the soldiers.

On Monday, Pakistani army and its border action team ambushed a joint patrol party of the Indian Army and the BSF and mutilated bodies of one Sub.

New Delhi has summoned Pakistan's chief envoy in India Abdul Basit over the allegations.

He said, the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in the vicinity of village Battal.

India on Wednesday urged Pakistan to take "immediate action" against its personnel for "killing and mutilating" the bodies of two Indian soldiers in the Line of Control along the Krishna Ghati sector. India who has termed the act as a "heinous act" has affirmed that they have enough evidence to prove Pakistan's role in the act.

"They (Pakistani army) said it was not done by their forces. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded". After India vowed revenge for the mutilation of its two soldiers killed in firing along the LOC and promised to respond strongly as well as firmly.

Asked if the continuing Pakistani aggression did not reflect India's failure to isolate its neighbour in the comity of nations, the MEA spokesperson claimed that after the Pathankot and Uri attacks, India's views on the issue of cross-border terrorism had been appreciated by nearly all countries.

  • Zachary Reyes