India threatens to ‘attack’ Pakistan over LoC deaths
* New Delhi says it will give a ‘proportionate’ response to the ‘ghastly’ death of its two soldiers at the hands of Pakistani troops along the countries’ border
SRINAGAR: India accused Pakistan of killing two of its soldiers in a “ghastly” attack on Tuesday and mutilating one of the bodies along the tense disputed border between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said India would deliver a “proportionate response” to the killings in Kashmir which he said were designed to sabotage an already fragile peace process. The Pakistani military meanwhile rejected what it called Indian “propaganda” that it said was aimed at diverting attention after a cross-border exchange at the weekend in which a Pakistani soldier was killed.
The two Indian soldiers died after a firefight broke out around noon as a patrol moving in foggy conditions discovered Pakistani troops about half a kilometre inside Indian territory, an army spokesman said. A ceasefire has been in place along the Line of Control that divides the countries since 2003, but it is periodically violated. There was a firefight with Pakistani troops,” army spokesman Rajesh Kalia told AFP from the mountainous Himalayan region, confirming the names of the men as sergeants Hemraj Singh and Sudhakar Singh.