'Pak needs to account for actions of its personnel': Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Jan. 11 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Friday said the ceasefire violations committed by Pakistan is completely intolerable, and added that Islamabad really needs to account for the actions of its personnel.

"It's extremely unfortunate as to the manner in which elements of the Pakistani armed forces have acted on the border. Decapitation and mutilation of serving personnel is indeed a very grave matter and India has taken very serious note of it," Tewari told the media here.

"Pakistan really needs to account for the actions of its personnel because both under the Geneva Convention and the rules of engagement, such behaviour is not only prohibited but it is something which is completely intolerable," he added.

Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar, while commenting on untoward incident that took place along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District, said that the peace process should be uninterrupted.

"I think allowing these kinds of incidents to disrupt the dialogue would be a great disservice to peace on the subcontinent and peace on the subcontinent is possible because there is a huge mindset change in Pakistan, which we in India are not adequately recognising," said Aiyar.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patriarch Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said 'there are people in Pakistan, who do not want friendship with India and want to spoil the confidence building measures (CBMs) that have taken place.

Sayeed said that the people of Kashmir are the stakeholders in the peace process.

"We are the stakeholders in this peace, we have stake in this peace. If the peace process is disturbed then people living in Chennai or Bangalore or Delhi won't be affected by it but the people of Jammu and Kashmir will suffer. That is why with all humility we want to say to both countries, because hawkish elements are on both sides that we want the peace process to end," he told the media in Jammu.

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.

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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