Pak Denial of Beheading Jawans ‘Carries No Credibility’: Jaitley

  • An “outraged” India summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit
  • MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the Indian government has demanded that Pakistan take immediate action against its soldiers
  • On 1 May, Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Singh were slain by Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT)
  • After Pakistan’s ceasefire violation, the soldiers’ bodies were mutilated

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Pakistan’s denial of a role in the mutilation of two Indian soldiers “carries no credibility”.

He asserted that an act like this cannot take place without “protection, participation and actual indulgence of the Pakistani army itself”.

India on Wednesday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and demanded action against Pakistani soldiers and commanders responsible for the beheading of the two security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said after the meeting that “the Indian side has sufficient evidence that this act was committed by personnel of the Pakistani army,” though Basit denied Pakistan’s involvement.

The government also demanded that Pakistan take immediate action against its soldiers,” he added.

Basit was summoned by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to convey India's "outrage at the killing and the barbaric act of mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers... by Pakistani army personnel”, an External Affairs Ministry statement said.

External Affairs Ministry statementIt was significant that the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector (in the vicinity of village Battal). Blood samples of the Indian soldiers that have been collected and the trail of blood on Roza Nala clearly shows that the killers returned across the Line of Control.

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Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Singh were slain by Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) after sneaking 250 metres into the Indian territory in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, on 1 May.

Indian Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen AK Bhatt had on Tuesday conveyed to his Pakistani counterpart that such a "dastardly and inhuman act" was beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response.

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