India offers Pakistan to take slain soldiers bodies. The Pakistan Army has been offered to approach with white flag and take the dead bodies lying on the Indian side for last rites,” Indian Army sources said
The Indian Army on Sunday offered its Pakistani counterparts to take the dead bodies of its soldiers who were killed in a foiled infiltration attempt in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Pakistan Army has been offered to approach with white flag and take the dead bodies lying on the Indian side for last rites,” Indian Army sources said.
Pakistan is yet to respond to the offer, the sources added.
The incident took place in Karen sector after a Pakistan Border Action Team’s attempt to infiltrate in India was foiled on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1.
Meanwhile, the top military sources told The Sunday Express in India that there were five Pakistan’s BAT (Border Action Team) attempts on Indian military posts on the LoC in the past few days. It has been assessed that these BAT groups comprised highly trained professional SSG (Special Services Group) commandos of the Pakistan Army, said sources.
Sources told the Sunday Express that Pakistan Army started artillery fire on Indian posts, which led to a retaliatory response from the Indian side. India’s response including the use of Bofors 155mm artillery guns, which were used north of Pir Panjal ranges after a long time. It has been estimated, sources said, that the Pakistan Army was not prepared for such a massive retaliation and may have suffered high casualties.
The use of artillery guns portends a breakdown of the informal agreement between the two armies in April, when they had agreed to not undertake calibre escalation during ceasefire violations on the LoC. The violations were mostly limited to small arms firing, with only six calibre escalations among 181 ceasefire violations in the month of June.
Giving details of a BAT attempt “on one of the forward posts in Keran sector” of J&K, the Army said on Saturday that it had foiled the bid, “resulting in neutralising of 5 to 7 Pakistan regulars/ terrorists”.
A statement issued by the defence spokesperson in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said that in the last 36 hours, a number of attempts were made by Pakistan “to disturb the peace in the Valley” and “target” the Amarnath Yatra.
Army sources said the BAT attempt was made on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1 in Kupwara’s Keran sector, on the LoC. The operation in the area was still going on, they said.
Speaking to The Sunday Express, Colonel Kalia said that since “shelling is going on in the area, the bodies haven’t been recovered”.
Army officers said four bodies of “possibly SSG” commandos or “maybe some of terrorists” have been sighted on the Indian side of the LoC. “Pakistani troops deployed in the area are interfering with search operations and attempts to recover the bodies,” they said.