Pakistan denies killing Indian soldiers

Islamabad, Jan 9 (IANS) Pakistan Wednesday rejected as "baseless and unfounded" charges that its troops killed and beheaded two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and suggested a third party probe.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told CNN-IBN television channel that Pakistan "absolutely rejects that any such incident took place" in Poonch district.

"We are saying that an incident like this did not take place, but if our enquiry is not good enough, we can ask the UN to do the enquiry," she said.

But she maintained that Indian troops killed a Pakistani soldier Sunday.

"You know an incident of the same nature, which is a bit ironical, that which is being claimed today, took place three days back where one of our soldiers was murdered."

She denied that the killing of the Indian soldiers was a "tit for tat".

"I say that we need to grow up and allow me to say this that it is not Pakistan's policy to do tit for tat. We think we are a responsible country and India is a responsible country."

Khar said Pakistan "wants to respect the ceasefire of 2003" along the Line of Control (LoC) "and we have a long history of respecting it".

Khar suggested that the Indian Army could probe the killings since it took place 600 metres inside Indian territory.

"I think we can do both our own investigations and assist each other in finding out what really happened."

Khar said such incidents should not be allowed to derail the peace process between the two countries.

The foreign ministry said it "strongly rejects the Indian allegation" of the Tuesday attack as "baseless and unfounded".

"Pakistan is prepared to hold investigations through the UN Military Observes Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on the recent ceasefire violations on the LoC," it said.