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Pak’s BAT beheaded the doorman, the army chief says he will deal “militaryly” with such barbaric acts. Indian News

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JAMMU: The Pakistan Border Action Team is suspected of beheading a doorman, who was among two civilians killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Friday, and took his head, officials said here.

This is the first time a civilian has been beheaded by the BAT, which includes regulars and terrorists from the Pakistani army, although similar incidents with security personnel have occurred in the past.

The body of Mohammad Aslam (28) was mismutilated and his head was missing, a police officer said.

Asked by Pakistan, army chief Gen M M Naravane said Saturday that professional armies never resort to “barbaric” acts and that they “will properly deal with such situations in a military manner.”

A defence spokesman had previously said that Aslam and Altaf Hussain (23), both residents of the Kassalia village of Gulpur sector, were killed and three others were injured after being hit by a mortar shell when the Pakistani army attacked a group of army porters carrying logistics for troops in a front area near the LoC on Friday.

However, officials said Saturday that the boss of one of the porters was missing and is believed to have been snatched by the BAT.

“Aslam’s body was headless when it was handed over to the police to complete the legal formalities. The bodies of both porters were handed over to their families and their last rites were conducted in their village on Friday night,” the police officer said on condition of anonymity.

He said injured porters — Mohamamd Saleem (24), Mohammad Showkat (28) and Nawaz Ahmad (35) — are being treated in the hospital and his condition is said to be “stable.”

“We will treat such situations properly in a military manner,” Gen Naravane said when asked about the incident at a press conference in Delhi before Army Day.

He said the Indian army behaves in the most professional and ethical manner, even at the LoC. “Professional armies never resort to barbaric acts,” he said.

Congress’s opponent strongly condemned the killings and questioned why Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh were “silent” about Pakistan’s “barbabarism.”

“Has the news of martyrdom been taken into account in the light of the government in power?” The chief spokesman of the Congress, Randeep Surjewala, said.

“When will a proper response be given to Pakistan’s cowardly acts? 10 heads for 1 when? Surjewala said on Twitter.

The chief spokesman of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), the spokesman, Ravinder Sharma, broke out against Pakistan for “continued misadventure and mischief” and demanded an adequate response.

“When the UPA was in power, two of those inhuman acts (jawan decapitation) by Pakistan were questioned by BJP and Narendra Modi called it a weak government.” Several of these shameful antics were made by Pakistan and Modi’s government should explain why it has not taken effective steps to verify Pakistan?” Sharma said in a statement here.

He said Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is legally and constitutionally an integral part of India, but under the illegal occupation of Pakistan for which there is a unanimous resolution of Parliament under the then congressional government.

“Now is the time for the current government to decide the future course of action to retake our territory,” he said.

In 2019, the highest number of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops occurred in the past 16 years, virtually making the 2003 India-Pakistan border truce “redundant,” according to officials.



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