FS summons Pak High Commissioner, demands action against culprits

New Delhi: Amidst high tension over the mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit was today summoned to the South Block to register India’s strong protest over the dastardly incident. Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar conveyed to Basit about India’s outrage and demanded action against Pakistan’s soldiers and area commanders responsible for the act, MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in a tweet. Yesterday, the Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt-Gen AK Bhatt had spoken to his Pakistani counterpart and expressed grave concern over the Indian patrol being targeted by Pakistan troops and mutilation of bodies of two soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector. Sending out a strong message, Lt-Gen Bhatt told his Pakistani counterpart Major-General Sahir Shamshad Mirza that such a "dastardly and inhuman act was beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response.’’ He also conveyed concern over the presence of Border Action Teams (BAT) training camps in the close vicinity of LoC in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). He said that full fire support was provided by the Pakistan Army post located in the vicinity of the incident site". Pakistan Army has, however, denied that its BAT team had crossed LoC and mutilated bodies of two Indian soldiers. It asked India to produce "actionable evidence’’ for its claim about its Army’s transgression and attack on Indian soldiers.