Acting Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday slammed Pakistan for its denial of role in mutilation of Indian soldiers at LOC. Slamming Pakistan, Jaitley said that “denial itself carries no credibility.” He added that the act could not have taken place without backing of the Pakistan Army. “This can’t happen without protection/participation/actual indulgence of the Army (Pak Army) itself,” Jaitley said. He further asked people to have faith on Army.
Earlier in the day, Jaitley urged top commanders of the Indian Navy to be prepared at all times, and spoke on the “situation along the Western border” and its links to internal security. Jaitley said, “Preparedness is the best deterrent” and also spoke on the “emerging security situation” in the Indian subcontinent and “extra regional powers” in the Indian Ocean region, an official statement said.
Jaitley, while addressing the Naval Commanders’ Conference in the national capital, said, “the prevailing and emerging security situation in the sub-continent as also the expanding presence of the extra-regional powers in Indian Ocean Region”.
Speaking on the issue on Monday, Jailey had condemned the act and said that the Indian Army will give a befitting response to the ‘barbarism’ by Pakistan. Jaitley added that country has full faith in the Army and the jawans’ martyrdom will not go in vain. “The Act of killing & mutilating the bodies of two of our soldiers is the most reprehensible & barbaric. The sacrifice will not go in vain,” Jaitley said. “We have fullest confidence in our Armed forces who will react appropriately,” he added. “This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act. Such attacks do not take place during war,” he said.
Earlier, tweeting about the incident, Indian Army had said that Pakistan had mutilated the bodies of two Indian Army jawans and termed Pakistani army’s action as “unsoldierly” and “despicable”. The Army also vowed to take appropriate action against the Pakistani Army.