No Breakthrough In Flag Meeting

No Breakthrough In Flag Meeting

14 January 2013
Rising Kashmir
Syed Amjad Shah

Jammu: The Brigadier-level talks between Indian and Pakistan army at Chakkan-Da-Bagh, Poonch failed to yield any result on Monday. Sources said Indian army officers led by 10 Krishna Ghati Brigade Commander Brigadier T S Sandhu held a high-level flag meeting at Chakan-da-Bagh with officers of Pakistan army. The meeting lasted for nearly 35 minutes. “When the issue of killing of two Indian army men was raised and head of Lance Naik Hemraj was demanded, Pakistan Army officers denied its involvement in the incident. Instead, Pakistan army accused Indian troops of crossing the LoC and killing their soldier and injuring another,” sources said. They said Pakistan army accused Indian troops of repeatedly violating LoC ceasefire. “We have to retaliate to ceasefire violations by Indian troops,” sources quoted Pakistan’s Army delegation as telling their Indian counterparts. They said Indian army accused Pakistan army of facilitating infiltration of militants into this side by resorting to firing and breaching LoC. “All the allegations were rejected by the Pak army”. Meanwhile, Northern Command spokesman Lt Colonel Rajesh Kalia told Rising Kashmir that Indian Army lodged strong protest against mutilation of one of its trooper. “We pointed out that it was against tenets of Geneva Convention as also in contravention to all established norms of soldierly behaviour.” He said it was conveyed to Pakistan army delegation that such ‘dastardly’ and ‘cowardly’ act is totally unacceptable. “It is a premeditated attempt to undermine the Ceasefire Agreement of 2003, which can lead to further escalation.” Kalia said they have conveyed to Pakistan that repetition of such acts will not be tolerated and Indian Army reserves the right to retaliate at the place and time of their own choosing in case violations take place. He said Pakistan Pakistani army officers denied their involvement in the incident and denied any ceasefire violations by their troops. “Instead, Pak army accused Indian army of crossing LoC and killing a Pakistani soldier and injuring another,” he quoted Indian army delegation as saying. Amid escalating tension along the LoC, Indian Army had sent a hotline message to the Pakistan Army on January 11 and called for a Brigade Commander-level flag meeting to discuss the issues of killing of two army men by Pakistani troops and increasing incidents of firing and ceasefire violations in Poonch sector. Pakistan had yesterday responded to the request for flag meeting through hot-line.