Pakistan's 'shameless' refusal, denies killing Indian soldiers
New Delhi: India has strongly reacted to the killing of its two slodiers on LOC by Pakistan Army regulars. Defence Minister described the act as provocative. The attacks have received widespread condemnation all across the nation.
Meanwhile, Pakistan continued to violate the ceasefire across the line of control. It resumed shelling with mortar and shell in Poonch sector. To read more on that click here.
Here are the recent developments.
2.45 pm: Pak is completely responsible for the attack: Rushdie
2.15pm: DGMO- India has denied that Indian soldiers crossed Line of Control.
2.00 pm: Pak HC spoken to in very strong terms: Salman Khurshid
Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid speaking to news reporters while addressing a press conference said, "Pakistan high commissioner was spoken to in very strong terms. I think it is very important that whatever happened should not be escalated. I hope that message has gone home. We are doing the best that we can and hope for some response from the other side."
"The manner in which the bodies of soldiers were treated is a matter of great concern. Violation of ceasefire along LOC is a matter of great concern. Could have an adverse impact on what we've been trying to do."
1.45 pm: Time to re-evaluate our relations with Pakistan: Ravi Shankar Prasad
BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad asked if India is heading in the right direction with Pakistan. "High time Indian govt must re-evaluate contours of relationship with Pakistan. The way they have maimed Indian jawans is shocking...We want to know what is the basic rule of engagement with Pakistan?"
12.40 pm: Congress spokesperson says Pakistan should not test India's patience
12.15 pm: India lodges strong protest against the killing of its two jawans
Ministry of External Affairs has summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner, Salman Bashir following the killings. Salman Bashir is presently in South Block.
Reacting sharply against the ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army that killed two Indian soldiers on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir, the Defense Ministry has said that the act was “provocative” and the matter would be taken up to the Pakistan government.
The envoy has been asked to immediately investigate these actions that are in contravention of all norms of international conduct and ensure that these do not recur.
India summons Pakistan High Commissioner and lodges a strong protest on the actions of Pakistan army
12noon: NSA discusses the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Possibility of involvement of Special Forces not ruled out.
9.45 am: BJP urges government to expose Pakistan globally.
Speaking to news reporters, senior party leader Arun Jaitely expressed concern over the provocation. He said that the gruesome killing of two Indian soldiers was a warning to India and India should be very careful in future. He asked that Indian government should collect all facts and present them before the international community.
9.30 am: Sonia meets ministers
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi met council of ministers to discuss Pakistan’s provocation. Finance Minister P. Chidamabaram, Defense Minister AK Antony, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde deliberated plan of action.
9 am: Defence Minister AK Antony calls Pakistan action 'inhuman'
In a statement the ministry said "The government of India considers the incident as a provocative action and we condemn it.
"We will convey our protest to the Pak govt and our DGMO will talk to his Pak counterpart. We are closely monitoring the situation", he said.
Giving an account of the incident, Defense Ministry’s statement said "A group of their regular soldiers intruded across the Line of Control in the Mendhar Sect on 08 Jan 2013. Pakistan Army troops, having taken advantage of thick fog and mist in the forested area, were moving towards own posts when an alert area domination patrol spotted and engaged the intruders. The fire-fight between Pakistan and own troops continued for approximately half an hour after which the intruders retreated back towards their side of Line of Control."
8.45 pm: The DGMO of the two countries is expected to meet.
The Director General of Management Operation of India will meet his Pakistani counterpart to discuss the conflict.
8.00 am: US urge India, Pakistan to stop firing at LOC
"We urge both sides to take steps to end exchanges of fire and to resume normal trade and travel across the line of control," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters.
A group of Pakistan troopers intruded Indian Territory, killing two Indian soldiers- Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. The Pakistani soldiers also mutilated body of an Indian soldier, refreshing the memory of abuse of body of Captain Sourav Kalia during the Kargil war. Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid called the act ‘Inhuman’ and vowed to take up the matter with his Pakistani counterpart. He termed the act as a ‘clear bid’ to derail dialogue between the two estranged neighbours.
According to army officials, this ceasefire violation was another bid to engage Indian patrol parties to facilitate infiltration. The ceasefire violation is the second in two days. On January 6, the Pakistani troops had fired mortar shells towards Indian Army posts in Uri sector near the Line of Control.
Pakistan has denied the allegations. A statement by the Pakistani army dismissed what it described as India's allegations of unprovoked firing, describing it as "Indian propaganda to divert the attention of the world from Sunday's raid on a Pakistani post by Indian troops in which a Pakistani soldier was killed." India has denied violating the Line of Control or the ceasefire over the weekend.