Pak envoy summoned, given proof of Pak hand in soldier beheading case

Pak Envoy Summoned

New Delhi: Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned to Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday and provided "enough evidence" on Pakistan army's involvement in the beheading of two Indian soldiers. It also demanded action against the perpetrators of the "barbaric act" on May 1 in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan had on Tuesday sought from India "actionable evidence" to back its claim on the issue. NaibSubedarParamjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable PremSagar were slain by Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) which sneaked 250 metres into Indian territory in Poonch district of J&K. Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen A K Bhatt had on Tuesday conveyed to his Pakistan counterpart that such a "dastardly and inhuman act" was beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response.

Basit was summoned by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to convey India's "outrage at the killing and the barbaric act of mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers on May one, 2017 by Pakistani army personnel", External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson GopalBaglay said.

India also told Pakistan the killing of the soldiers was "a strong act of provocation" and in contravention of all norms of civilised conduct, he said. Baglay said it was significant that the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector (in the vicinity of village Battal). Blood samples collected from the site matched with the blood of the two Indian security personnel, he said, adding the "blood trail" shows that the perpetrators who entered the Indian side from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), returned from where they came from.

Meanwhile speaking after a meeting of the Cabinet as well as the Cabinet Committee on Security, Defence Minister ArunJaitley said, "The entire gambit of circumstances where the killing and then mutilation was carried out near a heavily guarded border shows the active participation of the (Pakistan) army. Cover firing to those who carried out the attack with posts within a few metres of each other cannot happen without the indulgence of the Pakistan army."

Asserting that India had "enough evidence" that the act was committed by the Pakistan army regulars who crossed the LoC, Baglay said this has been shared with the Pakistan high commissioner. Asked about the response of Basit, the spokesperson said, "Of course, the Pakistani envoy denied the involvement of his country's army. However, he said he will convey the content of the demarche to his government." 

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