India today lashed out at Pakistan terming the mutilation of jawans as a ‘strong act of provocation’ even as it categorically said that “blood trail” showed the perpetrators crossed the line of control (LoC). “We consider it a strong act of provocation; it was preceded by covering fire from Pakistan soldiers,” spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Gopal Baglay said. “Have demanded from Pakistan that whoever from their Army was behind this incident be punished,” said Baglay.
Earlier in the day an “outraged” India has summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and demanded action against Pakistani soldiers and commanders responsible for the beheading of two of its security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, as per PTI report. “He, of course, denied that Pakistan army was involved, but assured he will convey contents of our demarche to his Government,” said Baglay. Talking about most favoured nation (MFN) status granted to Pakistan, he said its is an obligation. “All members have to extend to each other, its with others also not just Pakistan,” Baglay said.
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“Some NGO had invited Pak school children, and we then advised the NGO that this is not the right time for such exchanges,” he said.
Basit was summoned by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to convey India’s “outrage at the killing and the barbaric act of mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers on May one, 2017 by Pakistani army personnel,” an external affairs ministry statement said.
“It was significant that the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector (in vicinity of village Battal). 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,” it said, the PTI report says.
Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar were slain by Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) after sneaking 250 metres into Indian territory in Poonch of J&K on May 1. Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen A K Bhatt had yesterday conveyed to his Pakistan counterpart that such a “dastardly and inhuman act” was beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response, the PTI report says.