No credibility of Pakistan’s denial on mutilation, their Army itself is involved: Arun Jaitley

Mohammed Uzair Shaikh
"The denial itself carries no credibility. This can't happen without protection, participation and actual indulgence of the (Pakistan) Army itself," Jaitley said.

New Delhi, May 3: Dismissing the denial issued by Pakistan on mutilation of Indian jawans, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said their response holds no credibility. Jaitley asserted that India has sufficient evidence to prove that Pakistan Army’s Border Action Team (BAT) cross over the Line of Control and executed the barbaric assault.

“The denial itself carries no credibility. This can’t happen without protection, participation and actual indulgence of the (Pakistan) Army itself,” Jaitley said. On being asked whether a retaliatory attack was in the cards, the Defence Minister replied, “Necessary action would be taken. We all should keep faith over our Army”.

The mutilation of Indian jawans – Prem Sagar of 200th BSF battalion and Paramjit Singh of 22nd Sikh regiment, was reported on Monday. Shortly, Pakistan denied its role in the mutilation of jawans, saying, “Pakistan Army is a professional force which respects every soldier, even if he is Indian.”

Following the hotline conversation between the DGMOs of India and Pakistan, the latter issued another release seeking ‘actionable evidence’ from India to prove the charge of mutilation. Further, warning to India against launching a retaliation, the release said, “Any misadventure would be appropriately retaliated”.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to accept the demarch issued by India. “Actionable evidence was provided to the Pakistani envoy,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Bagley.

“Blood samples of Indian soldiers collected and the trail of blood on Roza Nala clearly shows that the killers returned across the LoC (Line of Control),” Jaishankar told Basit, as reported by the MEA press release.

Although Basit refrained from accepting the charges levelled by India, he assured that the demarch would be submitted to Pakistani government.