New Delhi: Pakistan’s BAT is believed to have ensnared a patrol party of the Indian Army in Krishna Ghati sector in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch district early on Monday on the instruction of the Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
According to a source, the Pakistan army chief instructed the ambush, in which bodies of 2 indian soldiers were mutilated, to take revenge for the killing of at least 7 of his Pakistan soldiers by Indian troops on April 17.
The Indian military had fired on the Pakistani troops on April 17 in revenge to shelling by Pakistan troops on both civilian and military troops in Rajouri that morning. The Indian military claimed to have killed as many as 10 Pakistani soldiers.
Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa gave the instructions for the ambush following his visit to Pakistani military spots in Haji Pir on April 30, Source quoted Indian intelligence and military sources as saying.
“Constantly since the cross-Line of Control strikes that followed the Uri terrorist attack, things haven’t really quieted down” an Indian intelligence official stated. “The combat has been costly for Pakistan, and we think it’s trying to show India it is now willing to risk escalation, despite the weakness of its military spot on the LOC.”
Pakistan’s Border Action Team had entered 250 meters deep inside Indian Territory early on Monday, set up the surprise attack and waited for a long time for the patrol team. It ambuscaded the Indian Army’s patrol unit under the cover of heavy mortar shelling by Pakistani groups on 2 forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district.
“The Pakistan’s BAT target was a patrol party of 7-8 soldiers, which had come out of a post,” an officer expressed to PTI, adding that as the posts were involved, the patrol team members ran for cover. In the process, 2 members were left behind and targeted by the BAT.
Head constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of the BSF and Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Regiment of the army were killed and their bodies mutilated.