India summons Pak envoy, asks Islamabad to probe killing of two soldiers(Update:Bashir)

New Delhi Jan 9 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, who summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir to the Ministry of External Affairs here today, lodged a strong protest over the Pakistan Army's actions across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Mendhar sector, and asked Islamabad to immediately investigate these actions that are in contravention of all norms of international conduct and ensure that these do not recur.

"Regular Pakistan troops crossed the Line of Control at Mendhar sector and engaged the Indian troops who were patrolling this sector. Two Indian soldiers were killed in the attack and their bodies subjected to barbaric and inhuman mutilation. The Government of Pakistan was asked to immediately investigate these actions that are in contravention of all norms of international conduct and ensure that these do not recur," said a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

"Foreign Secretary recalled that the experts of both countries had met in New Delhi on December 27, 2012 to discuss conventional CBMs, wherein maintaining the sanctity of the LOC, one of the most important CBMs between the two countries, was emphasized," the statement added.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that the Indian Government will take up the incident in a firm manner with the Pakistan Government.

The brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army has evoked outrage across the board, with India warning that its response "may have to go beyond the procedures".

Defence Minister AK Antony today condemned the killing of two soldiers by the Indian army as 'highly provocative' and said that the way one of the Indian soldier's bodies had been treated was 'inhuman'.

In a major escalation to the ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts, a group of Pakistan Army soldiers raided across the Line of Control in Mendhar Sector and killed two Indian soldiers and injured one more. The Pakistani troops attacked an area domination patrol party of the Indian Army.

The two dead Indian soldiers have been identified as Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. (ANI)

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