Pak Army's action highly provocative: Antony

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 10:36 hrs

Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday called the killing of two Indian Army jawans by the Pakistani Army as 'highly provocative', as India summoned the Pakistan high commissioner in connection to the incident.

Speaking to reporters, Antony said: "Pakistan Army´s action is highly provocative. The way they treated the dead bodies of Indian soldiers is inhuman."

"We will convey our protest to Pakistan government...We are closely following the situation," he said.

Reacting to the incident, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told NDTV: "We have to make it known to Pakistan that this is unacceptable, ghastly...and extremely short-sighted on their part."

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley said India should collect evidences and then ´name and shame´ Pakistan in front of the ´international community´.

Two Indian Army jawans were killed on Tuesday when Pakistani troops attacked a patrol party along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir´s Poonch district,

The Indian Army termed the incident as ´grave provocation´.

Two other soldiers were wounded in strike near the town of Mendhar, about 220km north of Jammu.

The Pakistani troops reportedly came about 100 metres into Indian territory and attacked the patrol party early on Tuesday morning.

The body of one of the soldiers was decapitated and was found without the head, media reports citing unnamed army sources said.

In a statement, the Army said the soldiers who died were Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.

"In a significant escalation to the continuing series of Cease Fire Violations and infiltration attempts supported by the Pakistan Army, a group of their regular soldiers intruded across the Line of Control in the Mendhar Sect on 08 Jan 2013," the Indian Army said in a statement.

"Pak army troops, having taken advantage of thick fog and mist in the forested area, were moving towards own posts when an alert area domination patrol spotted and engaged the intruders," it said.

"The fire fight between Pak and own troops continued for approximately half an hour after which the intruders retreated back towards their side of Line of Control," it added," the Indian Army said.

"This is yet another grave provocation by Pak Army which is being taken up sternly through official channels," it said.

Skirmishes in the disputed territory Kashmir are not uncommon between the two nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars since gaining independence.

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