New Delhi on Wednesday said there was “sufficient evidence” of the Pakistan Army’s involvement in the attack, and that the “trail of blood” showed that the “killers returned across the Line of Control”.
Demanding that Islamabad “take immediate action against its soldiers and commanders” responsible for crossing the Line of Control, killing and mutilating the bodies of two Indian soldiers, New Delhi Wednesday said there was “sufficient evidence” of the Pakistan Army’s involvement in the attack, and that the “trail of blood” showed that the “killers returned across the Line of Control”. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, expressed “outrage” at the killing and “barbaric act of mutilation” and called it “an extreme act of provocation”. This the first time, in recent months, that the Ministry of External Affairs has directly blamed the Pakistan Army for killing and mutilating the bodies of Indian soldiers.
Basit, on his part, denied any involvement of the Pakistan Army in the Monday — a Pakistan border action team Army crossed the LoC Monday in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in J&K, ambushed an Indian patrol and beheaded Army Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar — but told the Foreign Secretary that he would convey the contents of the demarche.
Meanwhile, Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who met J&K governor N N Vohra a day earlier, held talks Wednesday with national security advisor Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain, Research & Analysis Wing chief Anil Dhasmana and home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. In a statement, Gopal Baglay, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, said: “Foreign Secretary conveyed India’s outrage at the killing and the barbaric act of mutilation of two Indian soldiers on May 1, 2017 by Pakistan Army personnel. It was significant that the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector (in the vicinity of village Battal).”
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“Blood samples of the Indian soldiers that have been collected and the trail of blood on Roza Nala clearly shows that killers returned across the Line of Control. Government of India demands that Pakistan take immediate action against its soldiers and commanders responsible for this heinous act,” he said.
Baglay said there was “sufficient evidence” of the role of the Pakistani Army. “We have proof it was carried out by the Pakistan Army. We have demanded from Pakistan that whoever from their Army was behind this incident be punished,” he said. Asked whether India would consider revoking the ‘most favoured nation’ status to Pakistan, Baglay said it was a WTO obligation that all members extend to each other. “It’s with others also, not just Pakistan,” he said.