Indian Army gives option to Pakistan to retrieve bodies; Islamabad yet to respond.
Srinagar/New Delhi: The Army on Sunday said that it has asked Pakistan to take over the bodies of the members of its Border Action Team (BAT) who were shot dead in Keran sector of the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district after they attempted to attack Indian forward posts.
Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the Pakistan Army has been offered to approach with white flag and take over the bodies for last rites. “The offer was made yesterday (Saturday) evening itself. The Indian Army asked them (Pakistan Army) to retrieve the dead bodies of their personnel in Keran sector for last rites,” he said adding “Pakistani Army is yet to respond”.
Bodies of atleast four Pak SSG Commandos or terrorists is seen on Indian side of LoC, in close proximity of Indian Army’s posts.
The bodies are lying in open and attempts to recover bodies are being continuously interfered by Pak troops deployed in the area.
The Army had earlier on Saturday said that it foiled Pakistan BAT’s attempt to attack one of its forwards posts in Keran sector by killing five to seven Pakistani soldiers and militants.
BAT teams include commandos from the Pakistan Army and terrorists and have been conducting cross-border operations and raids across the LoC. Pakistan’s Special Services Group (SSG) forms the core of BAT.
“While we await Pakistan’s response, it is unlikely that Pakistan will accept the humanitarian offer aimed to facilitate the last rites of the dead, some of them who may be SSG personnel. Dubious behaviour and deniability are Pak Army’s DNA,” said sources.
In Kargil war too, Pakistan disowned many its fallen soldiers and refused to take their bodies despite Indian Army offering them to take back the remains of its soldiers.
“Bodies lying in difficult area in Keran sector would surely have tell-tale signs of Pakistan’s complicity to the state-sponsored terrorism. It would have Pak weapons, Pak GPS, Pak communication trails, Pak ammunition and Pak food among others,” added sources.