Just a day after Pakistani forces mutilated the body of one Indian soldier and killed two others, the Indian Army on Wednesday launched a massive counter assault along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir. According to the senior officers, it is said to be the biggest fire assault near the LoC since 2003.
The fire assault began on Pakistan’s permanent defences with Army using heavy mortars to retaliate. The Pakistani army post that aids infiltration along the border by giving cover fire was also destroyed.
Three soldiers were killed on Tuesday while a body of one of them was beheaded. This brutal killing of soldiers is a second such incident in less than a month. Post the attack, Indian Army had vowed “heavy retribution for the cowardly act”.
However, the neighboring country is still in the denial mode of any such allegations.
The Indo-Pak relationship is going through a tough time and tension between the two countries is at its peak. There are also reports that India has not yet planned any bilateral engagement with Pakistan’s Sartaj Aziz, the de facto foreign minister, although the country has received an official confirmation of his visit next week.
Aziz will visit Amritsar for the Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan. He confirmed his visit earlier this month, but Pakistan officials’ wants, as the host nation; India should propose a bilateral meeting. However, the brutal killing of Indian soldiers at the LoC, may impact the prospects of any substantive bilateral talk.