Jawans' mutilation: Pak army has history of brutality

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New Delhi, Jan 9: Poorly trained and funds-starved security forces of Pakistan have long been accused of human rights abuses in their country and the brutal trait continues even across the border with the troopers of 29 Baloch regiment mutilating the bodies of Indian soldiers on Tuesday.

Sources said the heads of both the Indian soldiers -- Lance Naiks, Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh -- have been chopped off and one was taken away by Pakistani intruders. The brutal nature of the attack was a chilling reminder of the brutal attack on Capt Saurabh Kalia and his team by Pakistani troops in Kaksar sector of Kargil during the 1999 conflict. Major General SL Narasimhan, Additional Director General of Public Information, said that Northern Army Commander Lt Gen KT Parnaik visited the scene of action yesterday and confirmed that one of the two bodies was mutilated.

Army Offices Pay respects

The attack took place along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district when Pakistanis came about 600 metres into Indian territory and assaulted the patrol party. Besides killing two, they also injured two other soldiers and took away their weapons and other belongings.

Pakistani soldiers, apparently from the 29 Baloch regiment, took advantage of a dense fog to sneak into an Indian post in Sona Gali area in the border district. The Army has erected a three-tier fence along the LOC. The fence is about 500 metres to two kilometres wide inside Indian territory and seeks to prevent Pakistani intrusion. But the Pakistanis sneaked in using the fog in the forest area as a cover. A defence ministry spokesman said the incident took place at 11.30 am.

The Baloch regiment has a Facebook page, maybe unofficial, and it is virulently anti-Indian. It has a century-old history and General Yahya Khan, who had unleashed terror in east Pakistan (now Bangladesh) belonged to the 10 battalion of Baloch regiment. The current chief of Pakistan army Gen Ashfaq Kayani is from 5th Baloch regiment. The regimental centre is in Abbottabad, where Al Qaeda's chief Osama bin Laden was hiding before he was killed by the Americans.

Meanwhile, India condemned the killings as "absolutely unacceptable" and "inhuman" and said it will give a "proportionate response" while the Pakistan Army dismissed the "allegations".

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah termed the violation of the ceasefire "bad enough" and the mutilation as "unacceptable".

"Violation of the ceasefire is bad enough, to resort to mutilating soldiers is unacceptable in any civilised society," he tweeted, adding it seemed an attempt to derail dialogue.

Pakistan denies attack

The Pakistan army has denied that it launched an unprovoked attack that allegedly killed two Indian soldiers in Kashmir on Tuesday. A Pakistani army spokesperson said in a text message "Pakistan military officials deny Indian allegation of unprovoked firing." The allegation follows another disputed incident on Sunday, when Pakistan said Indian army troops attacked their base and killed a soldier.

71 incidents of cross-border firing in 2012

In October last year, three civilians were killed in Uri sector due to Pakistani mortar firing on a village of Churunda in North Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed 71 incidents of cross-border firing and ceasefire violations along Indo-Pak border in which seven persons including four security personnel were killed and 15 others were injured last year.

There were 51 cases of cross-border firing and ceasefire violations in 2011 as compared to 44 cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir were registered in 2010 and 28 were in 2009. The increase in firing incidents and ceasefire violations by Pakistan came close on the heels of detection of 400-metre long tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba sector on Jul 28 and subsequent lodging of strong protest over the tunnel issue on Jul 31.

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