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I condemn the attack on our soldiers but dialogue with Pakistan must continue Digvijay Singh
news Attack Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 07:38

Even as Pakistani army on Monday killed an Indian soldier and a BSF trooper and mutilated their bodies across the Line of Control (LoC), Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said India should continue dialogue with the neighbouring country.

"I fully condemn the attack on Indian soldiers. The government must be supported in dealing with the situation," Singh told reporters.

Supporting the idea of continued dialogue with Pakistan, he invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying: "We have to keep dialogue open with all our neighbours, because Atalji had rightly said that we can change our policies but not our neighbours."

The Pakistani army personnel on Monday killed an Indian Army soldier and a BSF trooper and mutilated their bodies near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army said and warned of an appropriate response to the "unsoldierly act". Pakistan, however, denied the charge.

According to TV reports, soldiers Paramjeet Singh and Prem Sagar, a JCO and BSF head constable, were killed by the Pakistan army.

A statement released by the Indian Army said, "Pakistan army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector. Simultaneously, a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded."

In a similar instance in January 2013, one Indian soldier's body was mutilated and beheaded and the body of another was also found mutilated during a ceasefire violation in Mendhar Sector by Pakistan, the Indian Army had said.

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