Khar, during an interview with CNN-IBN on Wednesday, Jan 9, said, "We have ordered an independent investigation but we are offering more, let a third party investigate the issue." Mentioning about the "third party", did Khar try to hint that US should interfere into the matter to solve the salvo between India and Pakistan?
India has reacted strongly against "inhuman" killing of two of its soldiers by Pakistani troops in Poonch. India has warned Pakistan of a "proportionate response" after its army brutally killed and mutilated two Indian jawans on Tuesday, Jan 8.
Amid escalating tensions on Line of Control (LoC), fear of a war loom large between the two neighbouring countries. However, both the countries cannot afford to go on a war at this point of time.
Meanwhile, US officials also condemned Pakistan's move of attacking Indian soldiers at the LoC. Attending a press conference, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, "We all hope (our Pakistani and Indian partners) that we can maintain peace and stability in the region. The Secretary (of Defense) has affirmed that on visits throughout that region, including to India."
Indian jawans - Lance Naiks, Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh - were found dead at LoC on Tuesday. Heads of both the Indian soldiers were chopped off and one was taken away by Pakistani intruders.
Despite the report that India has evidence which shows 29 Balouch regiment of the Pakistani Army as the perpetrator, a report on Radio Pakistan's website on Wednesday, Jan 9 claimed, "Indian authorities were informed that Pakistan has carried out ground verification and checked and found nothing of this sort happened as being alleged by India. It is mere propaganda by Indian Army, the official concluded."
Pakistan high commissioner Salman Bashir, meanwhile, met India External Affair Minister Salman Khurshid. Defence Minister AK Antony earlier was quoted as saying, "We will convey our protest to the Pakistan government and our Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) will talk to his counterpart in Pakistan."
Describing the situation as "a matter of great concern to everyone", Mr Bashir said, "We will take this up very firmly with the Pakistan government. These are matters on which every dimension has to be examined very carefully before we say what we propose to do."