On November 22, 2016, 3 Indian soldiers were killed during an encounter with cross-border terrorists from Pakistan. Of the 3 bodies recovered, one was found to be in a heavily mutilated state. While the ceasefire violation and cross-border terrorism by Pakistan are quite common, although still intolerable, in the region, this was the second case of body mutilations by the hostile neighbours since October 28. On October 28, the terrorists had managed to escape to the other side of the Line of Control after being provided with protective fire from the Pakistani Army posts. Pakistan has time and again grossly violated the Geneva Convention and mutilated the bodies of Indian soldiers. even the ceasefire violations have increased in number following the unprecedented surgical strikes by the Indian troops across the border, that had eliminated a significant number of terrorists. Later India has also attempted to isolate Pakistan on a global scale. But the body mutilation of an Indian soldier, it seems has been crossing the line. The Indian Army, yesterday promised severe retribution for the act of brutality. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had been briefed about the incident and he had given the army the freedom to strike back.
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) November 22, 2016
Let the look at the 10 developments since the bodies of these 3 Indian soldiers were recovered, with one of them being mutilated:
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar slammed Pakistan for the cowardly act of soldier’s body mutilation.
Condemn the cowardly & brutal killing of our soldiers & mutilation of one of them. Salute these brave martyrs for their supreme sacrifice.
— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) November 22, 2016
Pakistan denied any involvement in having the body of the Indian soldier mutilated, similar to how they have denied all connections with any terrorist activities so far. A statement from Pakistan’s foreign office reads, “Pakistan strongly rejects the false and baseless media reports regarding the alleged mutilation of an Indian soldier on the LoC. The Pakistan Army, with its professional approach, is not involved in any such unethical and non-professional activity and neither does it support any such action.”
Pakistan Army, in the morning, initiated the first ceasefire violations of the day with firing on Indian Army posts in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The heavy firing came at around 9 a.m and the Indian troops were seen giving a befitting reply to the enemies. The firing between the borders was reported to have started from around 3 am in the night in some areas but had intensified by 9 a.m in the morning.
The Indian Army carried out a powerful counter attack against the Pakistani forces, using mortars on the neighbours’ posts across the Line of Control. This came as a result of the promise of retribution for the beheaded body of the Indian soldier that was recovered yesterday.
Pakistani media reports that at least 10 people were killed and 14 injured in two separate incidents of Indian firing in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Pakistani military officials claimed that the mortars filed from the Indian side hit a bus and 11 civilians were reported dead. Artillery fire and heavy shelling from the Indian side stuck several villagers. Locals in Battle, Madarpur sectors of Poonch district were also caught in the crossfire between the two countries.
The mutilation of the body of the Indian soldier was not a one-off case of cold-blooded brutality by Pakistan. The stories of 1999 Kargil war hero Captain Saurabh Kalia and his sepoys is well known. Captain Kalia and his sepoys’ were tortured to death; their ears, nose lips, limbs and genitals had been chopped off. Autopsy reports had suggested that their skulls had been cracked open and they had been burnt with cigarette buds.