Apr 302017
 
India Alleges 2 Soldiers Killed, Mutilated by Pakistani Forces in Kashmir

NEW DELHI � The Indian army has accused Pakistani forces of killing two of its soldiers and mutilating their bodies along the border in the disputed Kashmir region. India has vowed retribution for the incident that will deepen tensions between the South Asian rivals, whose relations have hit a low point in recent months. The army said the soldiers were killed on patrol when Pakistani forces fired rockets and mortars at two Indian posts in the Krishna Ghati sector Monday. “In an unsoldierly act” the bodies of two soldiers were mutilated, an army statement said. The army said that “such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded.” The Pakistani army dismissed the Indian army’s accusations of mutilating the soldiers’ bodies, calling them “false” and said it did not commit any cease-fire violation. This is not the first time that the Indian army has accused Pakistani soldiers of mutilating the body of a soldier; it leveled a similar charge last November. Cross-border gunfire leading to the deaths of soldiers and civilians on both sides has intensified along the Kashmir border since last September, when relations plummeted following an attack on an Indian army camp that killed 17 soldiers. Both sides blame each other for the firing. It is not just the heavily militarized border dividing Kashmir between the two countries that is volatile. Violence has also spiked in Indian Kashmir, where New Delhi is grappling with escalating street protests against Indian rule and militant attacks. On Monday, authorities in [Read More…]