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India and Pakistan’s DGMOs Discuss Civilian Casualties, Mutilation of Soldiers’ Bodies

Indian DGMO Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh Credit: PTI

Indian DGMO Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh Credit: PTI

New Delhi: In the aftermath of the Indian army’s “punitive fire assaults”, the Directors General of Military Operation (DGMO) of India and Pakistan spoke today at the latter’s request for an “unscheduled hotline interaction” during which they discussed the “unethical” mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies by “terrorists”.

“He (Pakistani Director General of Military Operations) was categorically informed that if any ceasefire violations were initiated by Pak troops or any infiltration attempt was made by terrorists from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) or territory under its control, it would invite an appropriate response by Indian army,” a statement issued by the Indian DGMO’s office said.

Indian DGMO Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh raised the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir and the “unethical act of mutilation of the body of Indian soldiers close to the Line of Control (LoC) by terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan”.

Pakistan’s DGMO was exhorted to exercise strict control on Pakistani troops to refrain from any “nefarious activities”, it said.

“This would lead to return of normalcy along the Line of Control,” the statement, titled,  ‘Aftermath of Indian Army’s punitive fire assault: Pak DGMO requests for unscheduled talks on hotline’, added.

Pakistan’s DGMO, in turn, informed his Indian counterpart about civilian casualties on Pakistan’s side caused by Indian firing at the Line of Control.

Singh expressed grief at the civilian casualties but according to the report, “emphatically stated that retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out targeting locations from where Pakistan has initiated ceasefire violations on Indian posts”.

Singh also spoke to Pakistan’s DGMO about Indian casualties, civilians and soldiers, caused due to “unprovoked” Pakistani firing.

Earlier today, the Pakistan army said seven persons, including three of its soldiers, were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian troops at the LoC, taking the death toll in such incidents on their side to 14 since last week.

Those killed were identified as Captain Taimoor Ali Khan, Havaldar Mushtaq Hussain and Lance Naik Ghulam Hussain.

The development came a day after three Indian soldiers were killed, with the body of one of them being mutilated in a cross-LoC attack.

Today’s offensive by the Indian army came hours after  it vowed “heavy retribution” to the killing of its soldiers.