Pak ceasefire violation: India lodges strong protest

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 08:41 hrs

New Delhi: Pakistan's High Commissioner Salman Bashir met Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai here on Wednesday during which the latter lodged a protest against Tuesday's attack in which Pakistani troops crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District and killed two soldiers.

Bashir was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in the wake of the Pakistan Army's inhuman and provocative killing of two Indian Army soldiers in the Mendhar Sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

According to certain media reports, India may now review its ties with Pakistan. According to reports, Defence Minister A.K. Antony and National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shiv Shankar Menon today briefed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the untoward incident that took place along the LoC.

The MEA is likely to issue a de-marche questioning Pakistan's shocking, counter-productive, distressing and aggressive action on Indian Army soldiers.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that the Indian Government will take up the incident in a firm manner with the Pakistan Government.

The brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army has evoked outrage across the board, with India warning that its response "may have to go beyond the procedures".

Defence Minister AK Antony today condemned the killing of two soldiers by the Indian army as 'highly provocative' and said that the way one of the Indian soldier's bodies had been treated was 'inhuman'.

In a major escalation to the ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts, a group of Pakistan Army soldiers raided across the Line of Control in Mendhar Sector and killed two Indian soldiers and injured one more. The Pakistani troops attacked an area domination patrol party of the Indian Army.

The two dead Indian soldiers have been identified as Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.

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