Srinagar: In a rare admission of serious retribution from the Indian Army side, Defence Minister of Pakistan Khwaja M Asif mentioned in an interview to SAMAA TV that more than 70 soldiers and civilians were killed in firing originating from the Indian side of the LoC.
Six days ago a counter-infiltration patrol party of the Indian Army was attacked by Pakistan-based terrorists killing 3 Indian soldiers in Machhil sector of Kashmir. One soldier’s body was mutilated by the enemy.
The Northern Command of the Indian Army tweeted the following:
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) November 22, 2016
This was the second such incident of mutilation of the body of a slain Indian soldier.
It is believed that after this second incident, Manohar Parrikar gave a free hand to the Indian Army to retaliate at the enemy. During the said television interview, Khwaja M Asif mentioned that number of soldiers killed could be even higher.
SAMAA TV tweeted the following:
— SAMAA TV (@SAMAATV) November 25, 2016
After India’s counter-offensive following the mutilation of a soldier’s body, Pakistan’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) called up his Indian counterpart. India’s Ministry of Defence has put out a statement saying that Pakistan requested DGMO-level talks.