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Pakistan says ‘provocative statements’ by India will vitiate environment

Pakistani forces killed two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies along the Line of Control on Monday morning even as India promised to “appropriately respond” to the “despicable act”.

india Updated: May 05, 2017 00:54 IST
Nafees Zakaria,India,Pakistan
Indian Army soldiers patrol along the Line of Control (LOC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, days after ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army in Krishna Ghati sector. (PTI)

Pakistan said on Thursday “provocative statements” by India will further vitiate the regional environment, remarks that came a day after New Delhi asserted that the mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies was carried out with the active participation of the Pakistani army.

Foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, while reacting to defence minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks, told Radio Pakistan that his country had made it clear that no incident of mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers had taken place.

India has lost every right of taking any of its allegations before the United Nations because it has never abided by the world body neither has it cooperated with the UN Military Observers Group established for this purpose, Zakaria claimed.

He said “provocative statements” by India will further vitiate the regional environment.

Zakaria said India has always used the “Pakistan card” for its internal political manoeuvring and diverting world attention from its “atrocities” in Kashmir.

Jaitley had rubbished on Wednesday Pakistan’s claim that its military was not involved in mutilating the bodies of two Indian soldiers at the LoC, asserting that the denial of the “barbaric act” carried no credibility.

Jaitley had said cover fire was provided to those who killed and mutilated the bodies of the two soldiers and Pakistan helped the perpetrators escape.

Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF head constable Prem Sagar were slain by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT), which had sneaked 250 metres into the Indian territory in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on May 1.

First Published: May 04, 2017 16:28 IST