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Pak in denial, DGMO talks yield little

delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2013 04:54 IST
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Pakistan has not only stubbornly denied its hand in Tuesday’s cross-border raid that left five Indian soldiers dead, but has also accused India of injuring its two soldiers in an exchange of fire that came hours after the ambush.

Indian director general of military operations Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia spoke to his Pakistani counterpart over hotline for the second time on Wednesday after the killings in the Poonch sector, but the talks did not yield much.

The hotline contact came on a day when Army chief General Bikram Singh visited Nagrota outside Jammu to pay homage to the soldiers killed in the attack. Gen Singh, who interacted with local commanders, was unable to visit Poonch sector due to bad weather.

Not only did the Pakistani DGMO “categorically reject” the involvement of his troops in the raid, he also accused the Indian Army of a ceasefire violation in the Tangdhar sector (Pando area) on Wednesday in which two Pakistani soldiers were allegedly injured. The claim was denied by the Indian Army.

Army officials here said the Pakistan army had violated the ceasefire twice on Tuesday within hours of carrying out the cross-border raid in the Poonch sector. “They fired at our post in Uri and Nowgam twice on Tuesday,” an army official said, adding the Indian soldiers retaliated in a measured manner.

“Pakistan army DGMO strongly and categorically rejected Indian allegations of Line of Control violation by Pakistani troops and killing of 5 Indian soldiers in Poonch sector on night of 5/6 August 2013,” a Pakistan army spokesperson said.

They lodged a strong protest during “the special hotline contact” against LoC violations by Indian troops in Pando sector on Wednesday in which two Pakistani soldiers were seriously wounded, he said.