India rejects Pak’s claim on beheading of troops

PTI | | Updated on: Jan 31, 2013

India today rejected as “totally baseless” Pakistan’s claim that its troops have also been beheaded by the Indian Army in the past.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony said though tension along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir have “reduced” after the talks between the Directors General of Military Operations of the two countries, there was a need to remain vigilant and his Ministry has advised the Government against being hasty on the issue of normalising ties with Pakistan.

“Totally baseless,” he told reporters here when asked about Pakistan Army’s claim in complaints to the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that several of its troops have been beheaded by the Indian Army in the last 15 years.

According to reports, Pakistan Army had filed complaints with the UNMOGIP on the issue following which the Indian Army questioned the relevance of the UN body after the signing of the 1972 Simla agreement.

“Since the 1972 Simla Agreement, the relevance of UNMOGIP itself remains questionable,” Army spokesperson Colonel J. Dahiya had said.

Tension along the Line of Control (LoC) had increased between the two countries after the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops on January 8 in J&K’s Mendhar sector. One of them Lance Naik Hemraj was beheaded.

On reports that China was building three dams on the Brahmaputra river, Antony said: “We have not yet received the factual position. So, my reaction at the time would be premature. We will wait for the details and then the government will take a considered view.”

He said: “Even though after the second round of DGMO-level talks the tension around LoC has reduced, we cannot lower our guard and we have to be vigilant 24x7.

We have to take all precautions to face any eventuality and we are advising everybody that do not be hasty about normalisation. You wait and watch and then only move forward.

That is our approach,” he said.

Published on January 31, 2013
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