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Jan 10, 2013 at 08:28pm IST

India says soldiers' killing unprovoked, rejects Pak's calls for UN probe

New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday refuted Pakistan's claims that India had violated ceasefire norms and that Poonch firing was not an unprovoked incident. "The Indian forces are strictly in accordance with ceasefire norms," he told reporters. He further said that no third party would be allowed to intervene in the issue.

Pakistan had earlier called for UN probe into the incident. Chidambaram, however, said, "We do not believe in internationalising the issue or a UN inquiry. It has been outrightly rejected. The Pakistan commissioner was summoned and we registered our protest." Chidambaram said that the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had taken a very serious view of the situation.

He further denied allegations that the Army personnel guarding the border with Pakistan had insufficient equipment. "I do not agree that there is inadequacy of equipment. This is a brutal incident where one of our jawans was killed and his body mutilated. The brutal incident has been taken seriously," he said.