Srinagar: Pakistan Army BAT injured the bodies of two Indian jawans after they were killed in an attack on forward posts along the LOC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector, the Army stated.
A jawan was injured in the attack during which the Pakistani soldiers used automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades to target Kripan army post and an adjacent post of the BSF in Kerni region of Poonch’s Krishna Ghati sector, the officials stated.
The Army stated Pakistan’s Border Action Team injured the bodies of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh and BSF head constable Prem Sagar after killing them following an “unprovoked” firing in the most recent violation of the November 2003 ceasefire agreement. It posted a report regarding the incident, warning for an appropriate answer to the “despicable act.”
The Army’s Udhampur-based Northern Command in a speech stated that the soldiers were killed in the Pakistani firing and their bodies were injured in a simultaneously launched attack by the Border Action Team of the neighboring country.
The statement stated, “Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked rocket and forward mortar firing on two forward posts on the LOC in Krishna Ghati sector. At the same time, Border Action Team action was launched on a patrol operating in between the 2 posts.”
The statement added, “In an unsoldierly act by the Pakistan Army, the bodies of 2 of our soldiers in the patrol were injured.”
Will react appropriately to the act: Jaitley
Earlier reports had stated that the 2 soldiers were critically injured and were removed to the nearest hospital but were declared brought dead on arrival. The Army added that the soldiers who were killed and injured were part of a team on patrol between 2 forward posts in Poonch’s Krishna Ghati sector. This sector often witnessed combats between the facing troops and each time the rivals blame each other for starting firing.
In Delhi, the government and several political parties find guilty the injuring of the Indian soldiers with BJP MP R.K. Singh who is a former Union home secretary asking for a tit-for-tat response. He stated. “Pakistan understands only one language and, therefore, we need to kill more Pakistani soldiers and give them the same treatment.” Defense minister Arun Jaitley while disapproving the “barbaric act” stated that such attacks do not take place even during war and that the whole country has full faith in the army.
He stated, “Bodies of soldiers being injured is an extreme form of the barbaric act. The Government of India strongly condemns this act. The whole country has full faith in our army which will react appropriately to the act.”
He added that martyr of the soldiers will not go in vain and restated, “This is an inacceptable and an inhuman act. Such attacks do not take place (even) during the war.”
In Islamabad, the Pakistan Army slammed the accusation of injuring Indian soldiers’ bodies and stated it would never disrespect a soldier’s body.
“Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on the LOC or a Border Action Team action in the Krishna Ghatti sector is known across the LoC as alleged by India,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated.
It added, “Indian blame of injuring Indian soldiers’ bodies is also false”. According to the statement, the Pakistan Army “is a highly specialized force and shall never disrespect a soldier even Indian”.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson M. Nafees Zakaria tweeted “Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on LoC as assumed by India. Indian blame of injuring Indian soldiers is also false.”