- Pak and Indian army commanders speak amid seething tension
- 2 Indian soldiers killed, mutilated by Pak troops yesterday
- India warns "unequivocal response", Pak warns against "misadventure"
The recriminations were exchanged between top commanders of India and Pakistan - the Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General AK Bhatt, spoke on a hotline to his counterpart across the border hours after Delhi warned that the army will exact revenge for the atrocities committed on Prem Sagar and Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh. Both men were part of a team patrolling the Line of Control or de facto border in the Poonch sector last morning when two posts were assaulted with rockets and mortar bombs.
The soldiers - one from the Border Security Force and the other from the army - were honoured as heroes this morning before their bodies were transported to their families in Tarn Taran in Punjab and Deoria in Uttar Pradesh. Prem Sagar's daughter said "We want 50 heads to avenge him."
In September, India responded to a massive attack by Pakistani terrorists on an army camp in Uri in Kashmir by sending soldiers across the Line of Control to take out staging areas for terrorists in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Delhi warned at the time that it could repeat the action.
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