New Delhi: Amidst growing tension at the Line of Control and intensifying war of words, Army Chief General Bikram Singh rejected Pakistan's allegations that the Indian Army violated ceasefire and killed a Pakistani soldier. "Pakistan is wrong in alleging that their soldier has died in firing at the Line of Control. If their soldier has died, he must have died in retaliatory fire. Our soldiers do not cross the LoC. In a ceasefire violation, we fire when they fire," General Singh said.
This came after the Pakistani army claimed that Indian troops killed a Pakistani soldier in Kashmir. The soldier was killed at a position called Kundi during firing from the Indian side that began at 10 pm, Pakistan's army said in a statement. This came as India said another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch was reported, the fourth since the flag meet on Monday. There was firing from the Pakistani side allegedly for a brief period with small fire arms and mortal shells.
Meanwhile, India released more proof against Pakistan Army. The Indian Army released pictures of Pakistani landmines found on the Indian side of the LoC. These are mines manufactured at the Pakistan Ordinance Factory. These are anti-personnel mines. The pictures were given to the Pakistan counterparts during the flag meet on Monday.
War of words intensifies as India raises Pak terror at UN, calls for action
Meanwhile, the war of words between India and Pakistan has intensified. India has raised Pakistan's continuing support to terror groups at the United Nations, seeking international action against state sponsors of terror. India named Pakistan terror groups Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa as major security threats to South East Asian countries.
India's representative to the UN Hardeep Puri said, "The international community cannot afford selective approaches in dealing with terrorist groups or in dismantling the infrastructure of terrorism. Resort to the use of terrorism as an instrument of State Policy is short-sighted. Those who have taken recourse to it have invariably themselves suffered immensely from it."
This came even as Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar accused India of warmongering. In her address to the Asia Society in New York, Khar expressed deep disappointment at the statements from India's top political and military leadership. "We see three incidents at the LoC and we see warmongering, which puts the last 60 years actively back to our memories. Warmongering is coming in from the other side of the border which I thought was the thing of yesteryears and what we had put behind us," Khar said.
A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that it 'can't be business as usual' with Pakistan any more, the Pakistan Foreign Minister said the dialogue process should not be interrupted. "I remember when I landed in Delhi, I spoke not like a Pakistani diplomat but an Indian bureaucrat. Peace process was to be uninterrupted and interruptible," Khar said.