The DGMOs of India and Pakistan spoke at the latter’s request for an “unscheduled hotline interaction” during which India raised the “unethical” act of mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers by “terrorists”.
India also summoned Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner in Delhi and lodged a strong protest over the ceasefire violations and the barbaric mutilation of their bodies.
“He (Pakistani Director General of Military Operations) was categorically informed that if any ceasefire violations were initiated by Pak troops or any infiltration attempt was made by terrorists from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir or territory under its control, it would invite an appropriate response by Indian army,” a statement issued by the Indian DGMO’s office said.
Indian DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh raised the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir and “unethical act of mutilation of the body of Indian soldiers close to the Line of Control by terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan”.
Pakistan’s DGMO was exhorted to exercise strict control on their troops to refrain from any “nefarious activities”, it said.
“This would lead to return of normalcy along the Line of Control,” the statement headlined “Aftermath of Indian Army’s punitive fire assault: Pak DGMO requests for unscheduled talks on hotline”.
Pakistan’s DGMO informed India about civilian casualties on his side caused by Indian firing at the Line of Control.
Lt Gen Singh expressed grief at civilian casualties but “emphatically stated that retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out targeting locations from where Pakistan has initiated ceasefire violations on Indian Posts”.
Lt Gen Singh expressed his concern to Pakistani DGMO about casualties caused to Indian civilians and soldiers due to “unprovoked” Pakistani firing.
On Wednesday morning the Indian Army had launched a string counter-offensive after three Indian soldiers were killed along the LoC (Line of Control) in the Machhil sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The body of one of them was found mutilated by the Indian side.
Meanwhile, India also summoned Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner in Delhi to lodge a protest. Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah was summoned by Joint Secretary (in-charge of Pakistan) in the Ministry of External Affairs Gopal Baglay, who conveyed India’s strong reaction on ceasefire violations, the Indian casualties and the mutilation of soldier’s body.
On his part, Shah too protested “the recent spate of unprovoked Indian firing and shelling” which, he claimed, had so far resulted in the loss of more than 50 civilians lives including women, infants and the elderly, besides several Pakistani soldiers.
(With inputs from PTI)