The Hindu – The inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility, DGMO tells Pakistan counterpart

Dinakar Peri

New Delhi, 2 May 2017. A day after two soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated by the Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LoC), Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. General A K Bhatt expressed “grave concern about the incident” in the weekly conversation with his Pakistani counterpart, who rejected it as “baseless.”

“The DGMO has conveyed concern about the presence of Border Action Teams (BAT) training camps in the close vicinity of LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). He conveyed that such a dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response,” the Army said in a statement on Tuesday.

On Monday, the two soldiers of a joint patrol team of the Army and the Border Security Force were ambushed by a BAT 200 metres from the LoC in KG sector opposite Battal in PoK and two soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated.

Lt. General Bhatt said that full fire support was provided by the Pakistan Army post located in the vicinity of the incident.

The bodies’ mutilation charge was promptly rejected by the Pakistan DGMO, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The DGMO had “rejected baseless and unfounded Indian allegations of mutilation” of Indian Army soldiers’ bodies by the Pakistan Army, it stated. He reiterated that neither any Cease Fire Violations (CFV) occurred in the sector nor crossing of LoC by troops had taken place.

“DGMO Pakistan Army highlighted that Pakistan Army is a professional military outfit and upholds the highest standards of conduct. Allegations of mutilation are an Indian attempt to divert the attention of the world from the situation within the Valley,” the ISPR said.

In addition, the Pakistani DGMO had asked for “actionable evidence” and urged that the Indian Army should look inwards to probe the incidence, it said.

He also cautioned his Indian counterpart that they were fully committed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LoC and “any misadventure shall be appropriately responded at a place and time of own choosing,” it added.


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