Written byRamya Patelkhana
Following the Indian Army's offer to Pakistan to take back the bodies of five intruders, including one Pakistani commando and four terrorists, shot dead in Jammu & Kashmir's Keran sector, Islamabad refused to accept their bodies.
Pakistan Army denied India's claims of cross-border action by Pakistani army personnel and militants along the LoC and that their bodies were on the Indian side.
Pakistan Armed Forces' Spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, denied and termed India's claims as "mere propaganda".
"Indian allegations of cross LOC action by Pakistan and possession of bodies are mere propaganda," he tweeted.
"Such blatant lies/staged dramas are Indian disinformation manoeuvre to divert world attention from increased atrocities by Indian Occupation Forces inside IOJ&K," he added.
Indian allegations of cross LOC action by Pakistan and possession of bodies are mere propaganda. Such blatant lies / staged dramas are Indian disinformation manoeuvre to divert world attention from increased atrocities by Indian Occupation Forces inside IOJK.— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 3, 2019
Meanwhile, Pakistan's Foreign Office also issued a statement to reject India's claims regarding cross-border action by Pakistani forces and possession of its personnel's bodies. "We reject Indian allegations of cross-LOC action by Pakistan and possession of bodies," it said.
According to the Indian Army sources, however, the Pakistani Army was asked to come with a white flag and take back the bodies of the five intruders for last rites.
The four terrorists were killed when a group comprising Pakistani soldiers and terrorists attacked an Indian Army border post along the LoC in Keran. Meanwhile, the commando reportedly belonged to Pakistan's Special Service Group.
Indian Army suspects that the attackers of its border post belonged to Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT). According to the army, BAT carried out such attacks near the border even in the past before returning to the Pakistani side.
The Indian Army's disclosure about the attack on its border post followed the suspension of the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage in J&K over security threat.
The state government issued an advisory to tourists and pilgrims to leave the Kashmir Valley immediately in wake of terror threats.
The Center also deployed a huge number of additional security personnel in J&K over the last two weeks.
Indian security forces on Friday also recovered a landmine with Pakistan Ordnance Factory markings from one of the two routes that lead to the Amarnath cave shrine.
They also seized a huge cache of arms, including an American sniper rifle and IEDs, during a three-day intensive search operation along the Amarnath Yatra routes following intelligence reports that the Pakistani army would target the pilgrimage.
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