New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence on Tuesday issued a strong statement criticising the Poonch ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops. In the statement, the MoD condemned the killing of the two Indian soldiers and said, "The government of India considers the incident as a provocative action and we condemn it. The DGMOs (Director General of Military Operations) of the two countries are in touch over it. The government will take up the incident with the Pakistan government. We expect Islamabad to honour the ceasefire agreement strictly."
In the second ceasefire violation in 48 hours, the Pakistani troops crossed the Line of Control, killed two Indian soldiers and mutilated the body of one of them. One soldier was also injured in the attack.
Issuing a statement, the Army said, "A group of their regular soldiers intruded across the Line of Control in the Mendhar Sect on 08 Jan 2013. Pakistan Army troops, having taken advantage of thick fog and mist in the forested area, were moving towards own posts when an alert area domination patrol spotted and engaged the intruders. The fire fight between Pakistan and own troops continued for approximately half an hour after which the intruders retreated back towards their side of Line of Control."
It added, "This is yet another grave provocation by Pakistan Army which is being taken up sternly through official channels.
"(There has been) a significant escalation to the continuing series of ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts supported by Pakistan Army."