'This is all give and take in day's work on the LoC'

While India is justified in its outrage over the murder of two soldiers in a raid by the Pakistani Army, one of whom was decapitated, should we control it and look at more practical solutions instead of damaging the ongoing peace process between the two nations?

According to retired Colonel Ajai Shukla, Strategic Affairs Editor of Business Standard, the incident while horrific, isn't unusual at the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

"This is nothing unusual. It is possibly a response to the exchange of firing in Uri sector of the LoC a few days ago," he said, while speaking to Rajdeep Sardesai on CNN-IBN.

He said that India should not act like it was a victim in the attack.

Representational Image. AFP.

"The Line of Control is an inherently brutal place. It is not as if the Indian army is sitting over there and the Pakistan army is coming there and violating it. This is give and take. They routinely attack each other," he said.

Some reports suggested that this was an attempt by the Pakistani army to divert attention from its battle against militants taking place within their own borders but  Shukla debunked this as another "conspiracy theory".

"This is a localised incident. There would be widespread violation of ceasefire if the effort was to escalate violence in the LoC," he said.

Pakistan Army soldiers raided across the Line of Control in Mendhar Sector and killed two Indian soldiers and injured one more in a major violation of the ceasefire agreement.

The attack is believed a retaliation to the presence of an area domination patrol party of the Indian Army. In the ensuing gunfight two Indian soldiers were killed and the body of one of them was mutilated.

Updated Date: Jan 09, 2013 11:28 AM

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