Army Statement: A flag meeting was held at Chakan-da–Bagh in Poonch on 14 Jan 13 at 1300h. It was attended by Brigadier level officers from both sides. Our representative expressed our grave concern over the barbaric act by Pakistani troops in the recent ambush of our patrol in the Mendhar Sector. Indian Army raised a strong protest against the heinous mutilation of our deceased soldier's bodies, pointing out that it was against the tenets of the Geneva Convention as also in contravention to all established norms of soldierly behaviour. It was conveyed to the Pakistan delegation that such a dastardly and cowardly act is totally unacceptable and is a premeditated attempt to undermine the Cease Fire Agreement of 2003, which can lead to further escalation. It was conveyed in no uncertain terms that repetition of such acts will not be tolerated and the Indian Army reserves the right to retaliate at the place and time of our own choosing in case they recur.
The Pakistani delegation leader denied their involvement in the incident, denying any Ceasefire violations by their troops and reiterated the false and fabricated allegations that our troops crossed over the Line of Control and killed one Pakistani Soldier and injured another. Their response was on expected lines wherein they stated that no ceasefire violation has been initiated by their troops. The situation along the Line of Control is being closely monitored and necessary vigil is being maintained by own troops.
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