India deplores killings of its troopers

A file photo of an Indian army soldier, who looks towards the Pakistani side on the Indian side of Line of Control (LOC) near Kaman Post.

India has deplored the killings of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops, saying the Indian forces reserve the “right to retaliate at time and place of its choice.”

Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh termed the killing and beheading of an Indian soldier as “an unpardonable act,” saying the Indian army is fully prepared to respond to all internal and external challenges.

“I am proud to say that the Indian Army has been able to fulfill the country’s expectations. Our country has been facing both internal as well as external challenges and let me assure you, that the Indian Army is ready for all the challenges,” Singh said in New Delhi on Monday.

India says that Pakistani forces killed two Indian soldiers on the military control line (LoC) near disputed Kashmir on January 06.

According to military sources, an Indian patrol was ambushed by Pakistani soldiers in southern Kashmir’s Mendhar sector, 173 kilometers (107 miles) west of Jammu.

Pakistan, however, denied India’s allegations, saying Indian troops had crossed the de facto border of LoC in Kashmir, called the Line of Control, storming a military checkpoint.

Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim Kashmir in full but each only has control over a section of the territory.

Despite a 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control, the area still witnesses violence by both sides.