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India Summons Pak Envoy, Warns Adverse Impact on Ties

Outraged by the brutal killing of two of its soldiers by intruding Pakistani troops, India today strongly protested to Pakistan, warning that the "unacceptable" incident will have adverse impact on the ties.

As strong reactions by the government and political parties came, Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir was summoned by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, who conveyed India's "deepest concern and protest" over yesterday's attack in which two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies subjected to "barbaric and inhuman mutilation".

Pakistan was also asked to immediately investigate these actions that are in contravention of all norms of international conduct and ensure that these do not recur.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the Pakistan envoy was "spoken to in very strong terms" and the deepest concern and protest over the incident was conveyed. He called the incident "completely unacceptable".

India's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem to complain about the attack. A Pakistani military official said in Islamabad that Gen Nadeem rejected Indian army's contention of cross-Line of Control(LoC) firing by Pakistani troops and killing of any Indian soldier.

Referring to last month's Indo-Pak discussions on conventional CBMs, wherein maintaining the sanctity of the LoC, one of the most important CBMs between the two countries, was emphasised, Khurshid said,"therefore violation of (ceasefire) that itself is something which is a matter of great concern. And that would obviously, if not immediately, contained will have adverse impact on what we have been trying to do for such a long time."

Reacting sharply to the incident, Defence Minister A K Antony said "Pakistan Army's action is highly provocative. The way they treated the dead bodies of Indian soldiers is inhuman....We are closely following the situation."

In a gruesome attack, Pakistan regular soldiers crossed into Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday and ambushed an Indian patrol killing two soldiers, one of whom was decapitated.

Khurshid also stressed the need "to make sure that whatever happened should not be escalated. We cannot and must not allow escalation of this very unwholesome event that has taken place." 

Khurshid also said, "the manner in which the bodies have been treated, of course, the manner is of very very deep concern.

"This has been conveyed as unacceptable. We are doing the best that is possible and I expect there would be some response from the other side. Our intent is being conveyed very clearly. Our anxiety has been conveyed very clearly. Now we would expect an appropriate response from other side. I think, once again we feel this is completely unacceptable."

Reacting strongly, Congress said, "What Pakistan has done on our borders is unfortunate. Pakistan should not try our patience. We have lost our patience now."

Alleging that the neighbouring country does not have respect for Line of Control, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, "We want good relations with all neighbouring countries including Pakistan. But Pakistan itself has put a question mark."

Condemning the brutal killing, BJP said it was a "warning" to India and asked the government to place all facts before the international community so that Islamabad can be "named and shamed" before the world at large.

BJP leader Arun Jaitley also asked the government to "clearly define the dos and don'ts" in relations with the neighbouring nation.

"Pakistan must respect rules of engagement and the ceasefire agreement. How can we tolerate mutilation of our braves. Redlines must be drawn," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said in his tweets on the social networking site Twitter.

Meanwhile, Pakistan High Commission today issued a statement denying involvement of its troops in the attack and said it was prepared to hold investigations through the UN Military Observer Group on the recent ceasefire violations on the Line of Control.

The Pakistan High Commission statement came shortly after India summoned its High Commissioner Salman Bashir here to lodge a strong protest on the brutal killing of two of its soldiers by intruding Pakistani troops.

Pakistan "strongly rejects the Indian allegation of an attack across the LoC on its military patrol in which two Indian soldiers were claimed to have been killed. These are baseless and unfounded allegations," the statement said.

"Pakistan is prepared to hold investigations through the United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on the recent ceasefire violations on the Line of Control," the statement said.

Asserting that it was committed to a constructive, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement with India, Pakistan said, "We have made significant progress in the dialogue process.

"Pakistan has taken a number of steps to normalise and improve bilateral relations. It is important that both sides make serious efforts in maintaining this improvement and avoid negative propaganda."

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22/D-84
Jan 10, 2013
04:56 PM

UNO advises India and Pakistan to show restrain .
Both aggrieved and aggressor treated alike.What do we expect from West or any other friendly Countries ?? Just useless homilies .What is required is to Arm the defense Forces which are starving of shortage of funds.

ASHOK KUMAR GHAI, Mumbai
21/D-70
Jan 10, 2013
01:39 PM

In the realworld, diplomacy cannot be achieved and all these words will just mean "there we go again - huffing and puffing for no results - so for the other just an amusing ritual (you can see it in the smirk of the Pakistani Ambassador)" until and unless one holds carrots and sticks and the other party knows the sticks will be used - at least one that hurts.

In terms of India-Pak, Pak holds no carrots for us but a stick (so called non state actors conniving with the state to hit and run - essentially what a cowardly bully does). India unfortunately holds neither carrots nor sticks (thanks to military parity based on MAD of Nuclear arms). We have to develop assets, capabilities and capacity to inflict serious hurt to the "so called non state actors" in this game. I doubt right now we are doing any of this. While in parallel develop carrots. Again, carrots are being developed but they are probably with people who don't matter in the affairs of the Pakistani state.

For the world at large, of course they view us both as childish states (of course, the Pakistanis as the wayward child) and they just keep telling both of us to behave. For the global impact of the wayward Pakistan state, I guess America has found it's balance of carrot and stick and keeps tweaking it as necessary to ensure this child doesn't get completely out of hand.

Point is I think we are hosed. The story will be the same at the end - we will make lots of noise, Pakistan will smirk, thumb it's nose at us, and world will use nice, soothing words but the story will keep repeating.

At a minimum at least let us disabuse ourselves of the thinking that they are neighbors so no choice but dialog. Yes they are neighbor, yes we can't wish them away but for this neighbor we need good protective fences not dialog. Dialog for the moment should be left to non state actors in India too - no official dialog and certainly no cricket for crying out loud (because that whether true or not is viewed as part of dialog by the state). We must learn to just ignore this neighbor before anything else. The rule of "no option but dialog" must apply to them too - not just us.

Anyways, can't blame anyone - no one to blame but ourselves at ending up in this situation.

Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore
20/D-53
Jan 10, 2013
12:21 PM

Irreverent,

>> those who think that Indo-Pak conflagaration will escalate to the point of someone pulling the nuclear trigger are bluffing.

Thinking and bluffing are two different things. Escalations have a way of getting out of control. The world came very near to a nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. At this time many experts believe that the highest risk of a nuclear war is in the Indian subcontinent.

Anwaar, Dallas
19/D-52
Jan 10, 2013
12:14 PM
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Male Unblocked, Chennai
18/D-47
Jan 10, 2013
11:57 AM

 " what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" 

This quote from the Bible is equally applicable to a Nation. How does it matter if we become a economic Superpower if we have lost our self respect in the comity of Nations. 

This pusilanimous pipsqueek government of ours led by a spineless apology of a : Sardar' will tolerate humiliations, one after the other without saying a word in protest whilke his minions will mouth meaningless homilies and cliches to placete an anguished nation.

Our Bravehearts have shown their might in all the wars that we fought with Pakistan and brought them to their Knees, The way we treated the more than 90,000 Pakistani Prisinors of War as per the Geneva Convention and repatriated them after the 1971 war has won the admiration of the entire world. All we have got in return for our magnanimity is the senseless and brutal mutilation of the bodies of our martyred jawans who were guarding our frontiers..

At that time we had a No Nonsense PM like Indiar Gandhi and a Statesman like Vajpayee in the opposition that enabled us to stand United and Strong. 

Pakistani Army is a pack of rabid dogs that will cause Pakistan to self destruct but can also cause immense damage to their neighbours in that process.

This is no time to talk of Confidence Building Measures, Trade , Aman Ki Asha etc. with Pakistan. It is time that we as a nation stand up and say, " this Far, No Further" and give a strong message that any more dastardly acts in future will have severe consequences. We have nothing to Fear but Fear Itself., Sacrifices of our soldiers should not be in vain.

Gopi K. Nambiar, Bangalore
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