Pakistan Army asks India to provide ‘actionable evidence’ to prove charge of soldiers’ mutilation

India.com News Desk
Pakistan Army said it hopes prudence is exercised and no steps are taken that may lead to the vitiating of the environment and affect peace along LoC.

Islamabad, May 2: After two bodies of Indian jawans were mutilated by the Pakistan Army on Monday, in a rather dramatic reversal of roles, they today asked India to produce “actionable evidence” to the claims that a Pakistani special forces team sneaked across the LoC, beheaded two Indian security personnel and mutilated their bodies. Discussed during a hotline contact between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India on Tuesday morning to defuse the tension, Pakistan while rejecting the charges of mutilation, also denied the fact that there was a ceasefire violation on Monday.

The Indian Army released a statement which stated that Pakistan rejected Indian allegations of ceasefire violation and mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers.

According to PTI, Pakistan DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza told his Indian counterpart Lt Gen A K Bhatt that neither there was a ceasefire violations in the Sector which was pointed out by India in the mutilation allegation, nor there was any crossing of the LoC by Pakistanis troops. The Pakistan DGMO asked his Indian counterpart to provide “actionable evidence” related to the incident and urged the Indian army to look inwards to probe the incident, the army statement said.

“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 world from situation within the Valley,” Mirza claimed.

A junior commissioned officer and a Border Security Force head constable were killed and their bodies mutilated by the Pakistan army team which sneaked about 250 metres into the Indian territory along the LoC in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan’s border action team crossed into the Indian side as the Pakistan Army launched heavy rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts in the Krishna Ghati sector.

He said that Pakistan was fully committed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LoC and expected the same from the Indian side. He accused Indian troops of continuously targeting innocent civilians on LoC and apprised the Indian General that continuity of such action would invite appropriate response. “Any misadventure shall be appropriately responded at a place and time of own choosing,” the Pakistan DGMO warned.

The DGMOs contact followed after the local commanders level hotline contact was established last night at Rawlakot-Poonch sector on LOC between the army authorities of the two countries, the army statement said. Calling the reports of mutilation instead a media hype, Local commanders of Pakistan also told Indian counterpart that no ceasefire violations was committed by their side.

Pakistan Army said it hopes prudence is exercised and no steps are taken that may lead to the vitiating of the environment and affect peace along LoC.

The incident evoked a sharp reaction from India with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley saying such attacks do not even take place during war and that the whole country has full faith in the armed forces. “Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. Government of India strongly condemns this act. The whole country has full faith in our armed forces which will react appropriately to the act,” Jaitley had said.