RAWAPINDI: A hotline contact was made between local commanders of Pakistan and Indian armies at Rawalakot-Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC) last night following Indian allegations that Pakistani troops had killed and mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers.
The Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement on Tuesday, said that Indian Army authorities were told that ‘there has been no ceasefire violation or crossing of line of control by Pakistani troops from Pakistan side nor mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies.’
Indian authorities were also told that there is unnecessary media hype following the allegations.
“Pakistan remains fully committed to maintain peace and tranquility along the LOC and expect same from other side and hope prudence is exercised and no steps are taken that may lead to vitiating of environment and affect peace along LOC,” the ISPR said.
Later, DG Military Operations Pakistan Army also told his Indian counterpart that neither ceasefire violations occurred in the Sector nor crossing of LoC by Pakistanis troops has taken place.
The DGMO stated that 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.
He asked for actionable evidence and urged that Indian Army should look inwards to probe the incidence. He also cautioned his Indian counterpart that we are fully committed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LoC, however, any misadventure shall be appropriately responded at a place and time of own choosing.
On Monday, the Indian army had accused that Pakistani forces fired rockets and mortar bombs at two Indian posts across the LoC and mutilated the bodies of two of her soldiers in the patrol. However, the allegation was strongly rejected by the Pakistan army.
The Pakistan Army official also highlighted the issue of continuously targeting innocent civilians on LoC by Indian troops and apprised him that continuity of such action would invite appropriate response.
“Pakistan army did not commit any ceasefire violation on the LoC or a Border Action Team (BAT) action in Battal sector (Indian Krishna Ghatti Sector) as alleged by India,” DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.
Pakistan Army is a highly professional force and shall never disrespect a soldier even Indian, he added.
It must be noted the Indian allegation has come at a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on India visit.
Ahead of his travel to India, Erdogan commented on India-Pakistan Kashmir conflict by saying, “”We should not allow more casualties to occur. By having a multi-lateral dialogue, (in which) we can be involved, we can seek ways to settle the issue once and for all.”
The remarks were called ‘controversial’ by the Indian media.
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