Pakistan continues to remain in denial over the involvement of its army personnel in the mutilation of bodies of two Indian soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector of Kashmir on May 1. Indian Army’s Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar were killed and their bodies mutilated by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) which had sneaked 250 metres into the Indian territory in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The BAT had laid an ambush to trap an Indian patrol team and they were also provided covering fire from the Pakistani posts on the other side of the border. The incident generated shock and anger across India but Pakistan denied its involvement. Since May 1, India has called Pakistan’s bluff at several levels.
Soon after the incident on May 1, Indian Army’s Northern Command categorically said Pakistan carryied out the “despicable act”. A Northern Command release said: “Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector. Simultaneously a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army the bodies of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded.”
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) May 2, 2017
On May 2, India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen AK Bhatt spoke to his Pakistani counterpart about the “dastardly and inhuman act”.
“The DGMO expressed is grave concern about the incident on 01 May 17 in Krishna Ghati Sector opposite POK Battal, wherein Pak troops targeted Indian patrol on Indian side of LC and mutilated bodies of two soldiers,” said an Indian Army release.
The DGMO said that “full fire support” was provided by Pakistan Army Post located in the vicinity of the incident area. Gen Bhatt conveyed concern about the presence of BAT training camps in the close vicinity of LOC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and told his Pakistani counterpart that “such dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response.”
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) May 1, 2017
Pakistan Army, however, issued a statement, claiming it had no role in soldiers’ mutilation. The statement claimed that Pakistan was “fully committed” to maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC and expected the same from India. While negating India’s claims, Pakistan Army asked India to provide “actionable evidence” to prove its claim that BAT had sneaked into Indian territory and beheaded two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies. The statement also warned India, saying, “any misadventure shall be appropriately responded at a place and time of own choosing.”
Even as India raised its concerns with Pakistan, the latter refused to acknowledge its involvement in the cowardly act. On May 2, Union Defence Ministry Arun Jaitley warned Pakistan, saying such attacks do not even take place during war. “Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. Government of India strongly condemns this act. The whole country has full faith in our armed forces which will react appropriately to the act,” Jaitley had said.
India’s Vice Chief of Army Staff Sarath Chand said that Pakistan will have to face the consequences of mutilating bodies of two Indian soldiers and the army will respond to the dastardly act at a time and place of its choice.
Incident Krishna Ghati Sector . Statement attached. pic.twitter.com/yyNFqCEHDm
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) May 1, 2017
On May 3, India summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and provided “enough evidence” about Pakistan’s involvement in the May 1 incident. India also demanded action against the perpetrators of the “barbaric act”. India told Pakistan the killing of the soldiers was “a strong act of provocation” and in contravention of all norms of civilised conduct, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
Baglay said that the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector (in the vicinity of village Battal). Blood samples collected from the site matched with the blood of the two Indian security personnel and the “blood trail” shows that the killers who entered the Indian side from PoK returned from where they came from.
Defence minister Jaitley also rubbished Pakistan’s claim that it was not involved in the mutilation of the bodies of the two Indian soldiers on May 1. “The denial itself carries no credibility because the entire gamut of circumstances clearly indicates that this barbaric act of first killing two of our soldiers and then mutilating their bodies has been carried out with the active participation of the (Pakistani) army,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)