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India says no to Pak's demand of UN probe into soldier deaths

Jan 10, 2013 15:24 IST

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New Delhi: The government on Thursday rejected Pakistan's suggestion that the UN should be asked to probe allegations that Pakistani troops killed and beheaded two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

"That demand is rejected out of hand. We will not internationalise the issue nor go to the United Nations," Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

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"It was a brutal incident where a jawan (soldier) was killed and his body mutilated," he said.

Chidambaram said the cabinet committee on security was briefed about the Tuesday killings near the line of Control (LoC).

"Our report is that the Indian forces did not violate the ceasefire (in place in LoC since 203)," he said.

The minister said troops on the border faced no shortages. "Whatever has to be done will be done," he said.

Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had denied Pakistan’s hand in the killings of two Indian soldiers Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and said Pakistan is ready for a third party probe to verify their claims if ‘India doesn’t believe in its inquiry’.

“We have ordered an independent investigation, but we are offering more, let a third party investigate the issue,” Khar said in an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN, adding that Pakistan has completed its investigation in the matter.

The minister said that Pakistan was ready for independent investigation by the United Nations. She also suggested that since the supposed attack had happened on the Indian territory, the Indian agencies should investigate it first.

With inputs from IANS