Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Pakistan Killed 5 Indian Soldiers in Poonch , India

Posted by Siva Kumar Ari
India summoned the Pakistani High Commissioner in Delhi today after five of its soldiers were killed by Pakistani soldiers and terrorists who crossed the Line of Control in the Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir.  A sixth Indian managed to survive the ambush on the patrol party, allegedly by hiding behind a bush. 
Pakistan Killed 5 Indian Soldiers in Poonch , India
Pakistan Killed 5 Indian Soldiers in Poonch , India 

His testimony will be crucial in determining how the others died. The Indians were attacked at 2 am about 200 km south of Srinagar. The Pakistani army has denied any role in the attack. "The attack was carried out by 20 people dressed in Pakistani army uniform," Defence Minister AK Antony said in Parliament.

That remark lets Pakistan off the hook, said the main opposition party, the BJP. "When the minister says something so ambiguous like 'people dressed in army uniforms' it gives Pakistan a route of escape," said the party's Arun Jaitley. "We cannot make a spectacle of ourselves in the world that we are the willing recipients of such attacks," he added.

Narendra Modi, expected to be the party's Prime Ministerial nominee, tweeted: "Dastardly ambush by Pakistan...leading to the death of 5 Indian soldiers is unacceptable."

Congress president Sonia Gandhi urged the government to "take appropriate measures" and said: "The Indian nation cannot be cowed down by such blatant acts of deceit.


SUO MOTO STATEMENT IN THE LOK SABHA & RAJYA SABHA BY DEFENCE MINISTER ON AMBUSH INCIDENT ON LOC ON AUGUST 06, 2013
                                                                                              
                                                                                                                       Tuesday, 06 August

A patrol of Indian Army comprising of one Non Commissioned Officer and five Other Ranks was ambushed on our side of Line of Control in Punch Sector of J&K early morning on August 6, 2013. In the ensuing firefight, five Indian soldiers were martyred and one soldier was injured. The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms.

The numbers of infiltration attempts have doubled this year in comparison to the corresponding period(1 Jan- 5 Aug) of 2012. There has also been 57 Cease Fire Violations this year which is 80% more than the violations last year during the same corresponding period. The Indian Army successfully eliminated 19 hardcore terrorists in the recent months of July and August along the Line of Control and in the hinterland in J&K. The effective counter infiltration grid on the Line of Control has ensured that 17 infiltration bids were foiled this year.

We strongly condemn this unprovoked incident. Government of India has lodged strong protest with Government of Pakistan through diplomatic channels. I assure the House that our Army is fully ready to take all necessary steps to uphold the sanctity of LoC. Government of India conveys its condolences to the families of the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.


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