India has warned of an unambiguous response to Pakistan, after the mutilation of two of its solider along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Krishna Ghati sector in Pooch on 1 May.
This was conveyed by the Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General AK Bhat, to his Pakistani counterpart Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza on Tuesday. The two spoke on the hotline.
Earlier, in 2016, after 19 soldiers were killed by terrorists in the Uri Brigade Headquarters, Indian commandos had crossed the LoC and destroyed Pakistani army positions.
Pakistani army positions in the Krishna Ghati sector gave "fire support" to the infiltrating group which killed and mutilated two Indian soldiers, Lieutenant General A K Bhat told General Mirza over the phone.
Pakistani troops entered 200 meters into the Indian territory and ambushed a combined patrol of the Indian Army and Border Security Force (BSF) on 1 May. Two soldiers of the nine-member patrol were killed and mutilated.
Pakistan, however, has denied killing and mutilating the Indian soldiers. "There has been no CFV (ceasefire violation) from Pakistan's side nor mutilation of Indian soldiers' bodies," a statement from the Pakistan army's Inter-Services Public Relations said.
General Bhat rejected Pakistan's claims and said that Border Action Teams (BAT) - a small group of soldiers who infiltrate and attack army positions - were being trained along the Line of Control.
Meanwhile, the Chinese news agency, Xinhua reported from Islamabad that "a local commanders' level hotline contact was established at the Rawalakot-Poonch sector on the LoC on the night of May 1 between Pakistan and Indian Army authorities."
The Indian Army didn't confirm or deny the exchange between the local-level commanders. To reduce misunderstanding at the ground level there are direct lines connecting commanders in India and Pakistan.
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