The Indian Directors General of Military Operations (DGMO) on Tuesday contacted his Pakistan counterpart over the hotline and raised the issue of beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani forces in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir. DGMO Lt General AK Bhatt expressed grave concern about Krishna Ghati incident and the way the patrol party was targetted, says ANI report. He also emphasised on the issue of fire support provided by the Pakistani posts. The DGMO also highlighted the issue of BAT training camps near Line of Control. The DGMO Indian Army conveyed that such dastardly and inhuman acts are beyond any norm of civility and merit unequivocal condemnation and response, according to ANI report.
The Indian Army has already vowed an “appropriate” response to the “despicable act”. The Pakistan army has denied that it was involved in the attack.
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The hotline contact between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan was established at 11.30 AM, Geo News reported. “Pakistan rejected Indian allegations of ceasefire violation and mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers,” the report said, as per PTI report.
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It has been learned that the DGMO-level contact came after the local commanders of the two armies spoke last night at Rawlakot-Poonch sector along the LoC. The local commander of the Pakistan Army told his Indian counterpart that no ceasefire violation was committed by Pakistan, the military’s Inter-Services Public Relations wing said in a statement. “Indian counterpart was told that there has been no ceasefire violation from Pakistan side nor mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies. Indian authorities were told that there is unnecessary media hype following the allegations,” the army said, as per PTI report.
The statement also said that Pakistan remains fully committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC and expects the same from the other side.
Pakistan Army said it hopes prudence is exercised and no steps are taken that may lead to the vitiating of the environment and affect peace along LoC.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had said yesterday that the “sacrifice (of the two killed) will not go in vain” and the Indian armed forces will react “appropriately” to the “inhuman act” of the Pakistani troops.
“This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act. Such attacks don’t even take place during war, let alone during peace time. Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of the barbaric act,” the defence minister said.
The soldiers killed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of BSF