Pakistan mutilates bodies of 2 Indian soldiers after violating ceasefire along LoC in Kashmir's Poonch

Pakistan mutilated bodies of two Indian soldiers, who were killed in Poonch firing near the Line of Control (LoC) at Udhampur on Monday, said media reports. According to CNN-News 18, this time, Pakistan launched a double attack of ceasefire violation and Border Action Teams (BAT) on the patrolling Border Security Forces (BSF).  "The Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the LOC in Krishna Ghati sector. In an unsoldierly act by the Pakistan Army, the bodies of the two soldiers in the patrol were mutilated," the Northern Command said in a statement.

The "despicable act", the Northern Command said, and warned of "appropriate response" to "an unsoldierly act by the Pakistan Army". The incident occurred hours after media reported the ceasefire violation along the border and a day after Pakistan Army General Qamar Ahsan Bajwa visited the LoC.

A report by the NDTV quoted the Northern Command and reported that the soldiers who were killed were part of a team patrolling between two forward posts in the Krishna Ghati sector along the LoC that were attacked by Pakistan. "Pakistan is inviting its own ruin," said Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi adding that the army will exact revenge.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Early on Monday, a soldier and a BSF head constable were killed in firing by along the LoC. The Pakistan Army had resorted to "unprovoked" firing in Poonch district at 8.30 am, defence ministry sources said.

Rockets and automatics were used to target Indian positions. The two were injured in the Pakistani rocket attack but later succumbed to their injuries. Another BSF jawan was also injured in the firing.

"A BSF head constable and an army soldier were killed in the ceasefire violation," an officer had confirmed. "Indian troops effectively retaliated and firing exchanges are going on between the two sides," he added.

According to the NDTV report, the 2003 ceasefire declared by India and Pakistan along the LoC which is the de-facto border has been rendered futile over the last two years with frequent violations.

Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire in Poonch sector on 19 April and shelled mortars on forward posts in Noushera sector on 17 April. The troops had violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir by resorting to firing on forward posts on 8 April, drawing retaliation from Indian Army.

On 5 April, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch district by shelling forward posts with mortar bombs. On 4 April, Pakistani Army fired mortar shells on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district. On 3 April, Pakistani troops had shelled mortar bombs on forward posts in Balakote sector of Rajouri district.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: May 01, 2017 17:04 PM

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