Amid worsening Indo-Pak ties, Congress pushes Centre for `dialogue`

| Updated: May 02, 2017 13:20 IST

New Delhi [India] May 2 (ANI): Condemning Pakistan's move of mutilating bodies of two Indian soldiers who were killed in a ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir's Krishna Ghati sector, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said the incident shows barbaric nature of Islamabad forces. "All those incidents taking place in the valley is a very worrisome issue for India and its security. These incidents show the barbaric nature of Pakistan forces as the way they beheaded two Indian soldiers and took their bodies with them from Poonch region," Azad told ANI. He added that the behaviour of the Indian Government is not pleasing at this moment because no government till date has said that they will not hold talks with Pakistan or other stakeholders. "Despite having bad relations with the neighboring country, the Government of India has never said that they will not talk with Pakistan or any stakeholders, to improve relations and barriers," he asserted. Azad further said that this is a very tragic moment both for the state and the nation. "I feel the government is unable to get hold on the situation. No matter how much we criticize Pakistan and its Army forces, they will not understand," he added. Blaming the alliance of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Azad said the current situation in Kashmir is the outcome of this coalition. "The PDP-BJP alliance will not last longer. Earlier, in regard with some less complicated issues, the Congress Party solved the Mizoram, Punjab and Assam issue. This issue is much more important. Therefore, the government needs to talk about it otherwise our own nation will face the consequences," he added. Azad further said that Pakistan and the militants are gaining benefits from disputes within the Indian Government. The Pakistan Army yesterday denied India's charge of mutilating two of the latter's soldiers and described itself as a highly professional force that never disrespects any soldier. "Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on LOC or a BAT action in Buttal sector (Indian Krishna Ghati Sector) as alleged by India. Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers' bodies is also false," the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) said in a statement. The Indian Army confirmed the news by releasing a statement on Twitter. The Army, in a tweet said, "Pak Army carried out unprovoked Rocket and Mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector. Simultaneously, a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded." (ANI)

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