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Pak dismisses claims Indian soldier was beheaded

Pak dismisses claims Indian soldier was beheaded

India and Pakistan traded accusations yesterday after Delhi claimed two of its soldiers had been killed and their bodies mutilated by Pakistani troops in the disputed region of Kashmir. It said one of the soldiers had been decapitated. Pakistan rejected the claims.

In what has been described as the most serious incident along the so-called Line of Control (LoC) for ten years, Indian army officials claimed a raiding party of Pakistani troops entered Indian territory and attacked a patrol. The incident on the de facto border followed the shooting of a Pakistani soldier by an Indian soldier, two days earlier

Col Jagdeep Dahiya, a spokesman for the Indian armed forces, said the raiding party was “significantly large” and had been made up of regular Pakistani troops that crossed over in the Mendhar region. He said one of the bodies of the two Indian soldiers killed had been beheaded. “There were also marks on the other body,” he said.

India has called on Pakistan to immediately investigate the incident, which it said were in contravention of international conduct, and summoned Pakistan’s most senior diplomat in Delhi, High Commissioner Salman Bashir. In a statement, India’s foreign ministry said the bodies of the two soldiers were “subjected to barbaric and inhuman mutilation”.

At a press conference yesterday, India’s foreign ministry, Salman Kurshid, sought not to pour further fuel on an already tense situation. “I think it is important in the long term that what has happened should not be escalated,” he said, according to Reuters. “We cannot and must not allow the escalation of any unwholesome event like this.”

Pakistan has dismissed the allegations as “baseless and unfounded” and said it is prepared for the UN to investigate what happened.

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