Islamabad: Pakistani military today rejected India's contention that its troops had attacked an Indian patrol and killed two soldiers, claiming that it had carried out ground verification and "found nothing of this sort happened."
The Pakistani side conveyed this during a phone conversation between the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two sides.
A Pakistani military official, who did not want to be named, said Pakistan's DGMO Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem talked to his Indian counterpart Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia on a hotline and rejected the Indian army's "allegations of cross-LoC firing by Pakistani troops and killing any Indian soldier."
"The Indian authorities were informed that Pakistan has carried out ground verification and checked and found nothing of this sort happened as is being alleged by India," the military official said.
"It is mere propaganda by the Indian army," the official claimed.
The Pakistani military had yesterday also rejected the Indian army's contention that Pakistani troops had killed two Indian soldiers after crossing the Line of Control, saying the accusation was aimed at diverting attention from another incident over the weekend.
Bodies of Jawans being brought home
Meanwhile, the bodies of two jawans who were brutally killed by Pakistan troops were being flown to Delhi.
Wrapped in the tri-colour, the bodies of Lance Naik Hemraj (29) and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh (28), who laid down their lives while fighting Pakistani troop during a raid by 29 Baloch Regiment, were brought to Rajouri from the forward post in Poonch district today.
At Rajouri, wreaths were laid by Deputy General Officer Commanding (Dy-GOC) Brig J C Tiwari. The bodies were later taken in a helicopter to Jammu technical airport, from where they are being flown to Delhi.
While Lance Naik Hem Raj belongs to Mathura belt of Uttar Pradesh, Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh is from Madhya Pradesh.
Father of Indian soldier condemns attack
The father of an Indian soldier tortured and mutilated in the Kargil conflict Wednesday demanded "strong action" against Pakistan for brutally killing two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Pakistan will keep on fooling India unless strong action is taken against it for violations like these," N.K. Kalia told reporters here.
His son, Capt. Saurabh Kalia, was tortured for weeks by Pakistani soldiers during the 1999 Kargil conflict. His and other Indian soldiers' mutilated bodies were handed over to India June 9, 1999.
Kalia said numerous peace initiatives by India had gone in vain because the Pakistan government had done nothing to boost New Delhi's desire for better bilateral ties.