In a development that is set to further worsen the already strained ties between New Delhi and Islamabad, Pakistan mutilated bodies of two Indian soldiers who were killed earlier on Monday in a ceasefire violation at Krishna Ghati sector in Jammu-Kashmir.
The Indian Army confirmed the news, releasing a statement on Twitter.
The Army, in its statement, has vowed to give a befitting reply to Pakistan “in the same language”.
“Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector. Simultaneously a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pakistan army bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded,” read the Indian Army’s statement.
Earlier, two defence personnel were killed, as Pakistan violated ceasefire by opening fire on Border Security Force posts in Poonch.
The firing began at 8:30 am as Pakistan used rocket launchers and automatic weapons on Indian posts.
An Indian Army personnel was killed, along with a Border Security Force head constable, who succumbed to his injuries.
May–July 1999: During the 1999 Kargil conflict, Captain Saurabh Kalia was tortured by his Pakistani captors who later handed over his mutilated body to India.
February 2000: Pakistani terrorist and Al Qaeda member Ilyas Kashmiri had led a raid on the Indian Army’s “Ashok Listening Post” in the Nowshera sector to kill seven Indian soldiers. Even then, Kashmiri had taken back to Pakistan the head of a 24-year-old Indian jawan, Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar of the 17 Maratha Light Infantry.
June 2008: A soldier of the 2/8 Gorkha Rifles lost his way and was captured by a Pakistani Border Action Team in Kel sector. His body was found beheaded after a few days.
January 2013: One soldier was beheaded and another killed by Pakistani troops after they crossed over into Indian territory in the Mendhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
October 28, 2016: A soldier was mutilated by a terrorist in Kupwara’s Machil near the Line of Control while the army was engaged in cross-border firing with Pakistan’s army.
November 22, 2016: In a cross-LoC attack by suspected Pakistani terrorists, three Indian soldiers were killed, with body of one of them being mutilated.