Delhi: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is believed to have authorised the decapitation of two Indian soldiers, as per a media report.
The ambush on the Line of Control took place following a visit to Pakistani military positions in Haji Pir on April 30 the Bajwa, Indian intelligence and military sources was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
“Ever since the cross-LoC strikes that followed the Uri terrorist attack, things haven’t really quietened down. The skirmishing has been costly for Pakistan, and we think it’s trying to show India it is now willing to risk escalation, despite the weakness of its military position on the Line of Control,” an Indian intelligence official was quoted as saying by the Daily.
On April 30, Bajwa had visited LoC and had said that his country would continue to support the "political struggle" of the Kashmiris for the right of "self-determination".
Bajwa, while touring Haji Pir sector, had said in an interaction with troops, "We will always stand by their (Kashmiris) rightful political struggle for the right of self-determination and recourse to basic human rights," as per PTI.
At the same time, he had alleged that India was not only involved in aggression against the people in Kashmir but also against the people living on the Pakistani side of the LoC and the Working Boundary.
India has repeatedly rejected Pakistan's allegations of rights violations in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, India said on Wednesday that it has "sufficient evidence" that the two Indian soldiers were mutilated by Pakistan Army regulars and Islamabad has been asked to take action against its Army commanders for the act.
India considers the mutilation of Indian soldiers "a strong act of provocation", Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
He also said that blood samples collected from the site in Krishna Ghati sector along LoC matches with the blood of the two Indian security personnel.
Asserting that the government has "sufficient evidence" that Pakistan Army was involved in the mutilation of Indian soldiers, he said the "blood trail" shows that the perpetrators who entered the Indian side from Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir (PoK), returned from where they came from.
Responding to a series of questions on the issue, he said Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, who was summoned by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, denied that Indian soldiers were mutilated.
Basit said he will convey the "content of the demarche" to his government, according to Baglay.
(With Agency inputs)