Omar Abdullah condemns killing of two Indian jawans along LoC

Pune/Poonch, Jan. 11 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday condemned the brutal killing of two Indian jawans along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District, and said that the terms of the ceasefire agreement should be adhered to by India as well as Pakistan.

"We condemn the incident in strong words and what else can I say. But we also want that there is a need to ensure the terms of the ceasefire agreement should be adhered to by both the nations," Abdullah told the media in Pune.

"The state of Jammu and Kashmir gets affected due to its violation in two ways. The lives of the people living along the borders and Line of Control are adversely affected. Secondly, we have observed that at the active Line of Control they (Pakistan) get more opportunities to infiltrate," he added.

The tension between the two Asian neighbours has aggravated after the brutal killing and beheading of the two Indian soldiers.

Pakistan has denied India's claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district on Tuesday.

The high commissioners of the two countries have been summoned by the respective governments throughout this week and served with demarches' to explain recent hostile developments in each other's territory and across.

Moreover, Pakistan has refused to open its trade doors at border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir amid escalating tension between the two Asian neighbours following ceasefire violation.

Cross-border trade has been impacted as Pakistan refused to allow 25 trucks from India to cross the Line of Control in the Poonch district and enter a designated trade centre in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

At least 21 items, mainly agricultural produce, are bartered every week between the two sides.

Meanwhile, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Poonch, Jatinder Singh, today said that trade operations would not resume unless and until firing stops.

"Our custodian and trade facilitation officer had a detailed discussion with the authorities of PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) and they have said that trade and travel will not take place unless the firing stops," he said.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Hina Rabbani Khar yesterday lashed out at the Indian media for taking up the issue of mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers, and rejected the charges of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control.

Khar yesterday said that the Pakistani Government will continue to build ties with India.

"Pakistan Government and the Pakistani people have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to normalize and improve relations with India and to really start a journey of trust-building. And I think in the last four years of this government we have seen walking the talk on giving India very pragmatic, specific messages, for instance through trade normalization, visa liberalization etc.," Khar told a news conference in Islamabad.

Khar said Pakistan was 'unpleasantly surprised' by the Indian reaction.

"Let me just say that unfortunately as I was reading a Reuters report last evening, there were contradictory statements coming in. You know, there northern army commander was saying there was no decapitation, there was no beheading. Some very responsible sources were saying there was. Yes, unfortunately very strong statements. But I think what you saw yesterday was I believe a sense of trying to de-escalate on their side also, from those statements, and I think that is the right way to go," she said.

Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were the two Indian soldiers killed brutally by the Pakistani troops. (ANI)


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