After Pakistan mutilates two jawans, India launches retaliation inflicting casualties: 10 points

Mohammed Uzair Shaikh
In the retaliatory attack, two Pakistani posts were destroyed across the LoC. Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed, as per reports.

New Delhi, May 1: Two Indian Army jawans were mutilated by Pakistan on Monday. The cross-border operation was launched by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT), amid the ongoing ambush between the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers at the Line of Control (LoC) near Poonch sector. Hours later, India launched a retaliatory attack, destroying two Pakistani bunkers across the LoC. Here are 10 major updates:

  • The BSF destroyed two Pakistani posts across the LoC, located in Pimple and Kirpan. The two posts were used by Pakistan Army’s 647 Mujahid Battalion to launch cross-border firing at 8:25 AM.
  • Although no official confirmation was made regarding the casualties inflicted in the retaliatory attack, reports claimed seven Pakistani soldiers were killed. 
  • Earlier, the Pakistan Army issued an official statement denying the charge of mutilation levelled against them. “Pakistan Army is a highly professional force and shall never disrespect a soldier even Indian,”  Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
  • Accusing India of spreading false propaganda, the ISPR further claimed that no ceasefire violation occurred earlier in the day. “Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on the LoC or a BAT action in Buttal sector as alleged by India,” the official statement added.
  • The identities of victims were released by India following the BAT assault. The deceased were identified as Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22nd Sikh regiment and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th BSF battalion.
  • Indian Army’s Northern Command had vowed retribution following the attack. “Such a despicable act of the Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded,” the official statement said.
  • Defence Minister Arun Jaitley also assured an “appropriate action” to be taken by the armed forces in response to the mutilation. “This was an act of extreme barbarism. It does not happen even during wars, let alone peace,” he said.
  • Following the mutilation of jawans, questions were raised at the ruling dispensation, regarding the policy adopted towards Pakistan.
  • “Only lectures, emotional speeches won’t solve the problem. There is serious problem somewhere. There is flaw in the policies adopted by this government,” said Congress MP Ahmed Patel.
  • Col (retd) Vin Tharappan, while speaking to India Today, said strategic or military operations once in a while could not deter Pakistan. “Enhancing security is a continuous process. There was a window of opportunity created after surgical strikes. But we apparently did not follow up,” he said.
  • According to former Indian envoy to Pakistan, G Parthasarathy, there is no alternative before India than to adopt an aggressive measure to tackle the western neighbour. “Pakistan is an army of barbarians and radical Islamists. They could only be deterred using the iron fist. Their Army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, wants to create turbulence at the borders to undermine the civilian government of Nawaz Sharif,” he said.