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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 915

India Blasts Pakistan For Killing Indian Soldiers

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 10 January (Asiantribune.com):

Outraged by the brutal killing of two of its soldiers by intruding Pakistani troops, India on Wednesday strongly protested to Pakistan, warning that the "unacceptable" incident will have adverse impact on the ties.

As strong reactions by the government and political parties came, Pakistan high commissioner Salman Bashir was summoned by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, who conveyed India's "deepest concern and protest" over yesterday's attack in which two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies subjected to "barbaric and inhuman mutilation".

Pakistan was also asked to immediately investigate these actions that are in contravention of all norms of international conduct and ensure that these do not recur.

India's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem to complain about the attack. A Pakistani military official said in Islamabad that Gen Nadeem rejected Indian Army's contention of cross-Line of Control(LoC) firing by Pakistani troops and killing of any Indian soldier.

Referring to last month's Indo-Pak discussions on conventional CBMs, wherein maintaining the sanctity of the LoC, one of the most important CBMs between the two countries, was emphasised, Khurshid said,"therefore violation of (ceasefire) that itself is something which is a matter of great concern. And that would obviously, if not immediately, contained will have adverse impact on what we have been trying to do for such a long time."

In a gruesome attack, Pakistan regular soldiers crossed into Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu an Kashmi on Tuesday and ambushed an Indian patrol killing two soldiers, one of whom was decapitated.

Khurshid also stressed the need "to make sure that whatever happened should not be escalated. We cannot and must not allow escalation of this very unwholesome event that has taken place."

Enough evidence, says Antony : Defence Minister A K Antony said on Wednesday that there is ample evidence to prove that Pakistani troops were involved in the killing of two Indian Army jawans along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. According to Antony, the act was inhuman.

"I already condemned the incident before leaving Delhi. There is ample evidence of how they treated the two Indian Army soldiers. The act was inhuman and we have already taken up the matter with the Pakistani government. The government of India is taking up the issue with all stakeholders. The Director General (Military Operations) is keeping close watch on the developments and has also taken up the issue with his counterpart in Pakistan," the defence minister said in Kolkata before leaving for Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Congress and the BJP strongly condemned the ceasefire violation and the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops, saying the incident will have an impact on bilateral ties.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that talks with Pakistan should be called off while Congress said that Pakistan owes an explanation.

Congress spokesperson PC Chacko said that the step of Pakistan troops was highly condemnable.

"It is highly condemnable. Pakistan owes an explanation to India," Chacko told IANS. He said that this was not the first action of ceasefire violation by Pakistan and "will definitely spoil the relationship". Chacko said the incident had come at a time when effort was being made to improve bilateral ties.

BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said government should "stop all talks with Pakistan". He said the incident has exposed the "nefarious designs" of Pakistan". "It is a slap on foolishly over-enthusiastic South Block's 'mohabbat talks'. Pakistan has proved that it is taking India for granted and this is the reply we received after giving visa to Javed Miandad," Vijay told IANS.

"We must stop all talks with Pakistan till it comes to terms with India and UPA (United Progressive Alliance) be better reminded that unless they revive spirit of surrender of Pakistan forces in East Pakistan in 1971, this terror state is not going to listen to saner voices," he added.

- Asian Tribune -

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