Even as Pakistan government and its army have repeatedly denied the role of state actors in the attack on Indian Army’s patrol team in Mendhar sector near Line of Control (LoC), India has secured a major proof to nail the neighbour’s lies.
According to sources, the military intelligence had intercepted a call between Pakistani Army units congratulating each other after two Indian soldiers were killed in the ambush on January 8. The personnel’s bodies were badly mutilated and head of one of them was taken away by Pakistani troops as a trophy.
Intelligence sources also told Headlines Today that in the intercepted audio wherein the two units are heard conversing also included talks about a third unit on the LoC, indicating that there might be more such attacks along the LoC in other sectors as well.
This part of the conversation was disjointed and insufficient to pinpoint the area where the unit has been located. The conversation was an encrypted voice transmission that the Indian Army had decoders for. It was, therefore, uncertain whether the Pakistan Army wanted India to hear this conversation since it implicates their forces.
Despite India summoning Pakistani high commissioner to India — Salman Bashir — and registering “strong protest” over the ceasefire violations along the LoC and attack on the Indian soldiers, Pakistan’s foreign ministry and army have issued several statements denying their role in the incident and instead blaming India for ceasefire violations.
Pakistan had on Wednesday said that it was prepared to hold investigation through the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which was rejected by India on Thursday as it made it clear that it did not want to internationalise the issue.