India's defence minister A. K. Antony — File Photo by AP

NEW DELHI: The Pakistani army's treatment of two Indian soldiers who were killed along the border in Kashmir was “inhuman”, Indian Defence Minister A K Antony said on Wednesday.

“Pakistan army's action is highly provocative. The way they treated the dead body of the soldiers, Indian soldiers, is inhuman,” he said after reports and military sources said one of the troops had been beheaded on Tuesday.

“We will convey our protest to the Pakistan government and our DGMO (director general of military operations) will talk to his counterpart in Pakistan. They are closely monitoring the situation,” he told reporters.

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January 9, 2013 10:28 am
You certainly need more learning and not "enlightening"
January 9, 2013 9:44 am
What about when America bombs our soldiers and it turns out to be a mistake. Nobody asks any questions then. No one protests either.
January 9, 2013 8:49 am
who says humans lives in Pakistan...
January 9, 2013 9:40 am
Y you Pakistanis are this much cruel ?
Amin Hussain
January 9, 2013 9:40 am
If it was cross border firing, how did the Pakistani army manage to get their hands on the bodies of Indian soldiers?
Abdullah Hussain
January 9, 2013 10:11 am
Just when the relationship sees a positive development there comes an irritant to derail the peace process. Pakistan army will never do such thing. There should be a thorough investigation to know the facts. It was first reported that Indian troops opened indiscriminate firing on Pakistan troops now it is Indian blaming the same on Pakistan troops. Conducting of India Pakistan cricket series in India was not digested by some quarters in India. Can there be a link between the two
January 9, 2013 8:40 am
I am an Indian and I visited Lahore in 2005. I was pleasantly surprised to see the love and hospitality of local Pakis. I can also vouch for most of our Indians who would never want such sort of border incidents. It's sad to read about such incidents happening along LOC. I must admit that sometimes I feel these are just political propaganda. It shows how distant we civilians are from our governments.
who cares
January 9, 2013 9:07 am
What about killing of Pakistani Jawan, I guess that does not appear in a foreign funded dawn
January 9, 2013 9:24 am
Come on man...First day the news was the Indian army killed 3 pakistanis and now india is coming back with this rubbish... both governments are lying to people blatantly in midst of pending elections...
January 9, 2013 9:16 am
In your view the government took this action and not the Army. Bear in mind the govt , army relations?
January 9, 2013 9:22 am
beta... this is beyond your immagination. kids have better understanding than you are anticipating.
January 9, 2013 3:17 pm
getting killed in cross border firing is still understanable.. but beheading a dead body shows the character of the pak army.
January 9, 2013 10:08 am
If defending the nation against Taliban is bad, then Indian Army has a much longer history of tyranny.
January 9, 2013 2:27 pm
Yep, typical Indian response. You go man.
January 9, 2013 3:16 pm
You were actually sleeping when indians killed a Pakistani soldier on sunday. What a HIPOcracy and petty indian minds
January 9, 2013 3:17 pm
tit for tat!!
January 9, 2013 11:25 am
You deserve to be confined in Urdu Media.
January 9, 2013 2:13 pm
by looking at your comments, looks like nobody is in control
January 9, 2013 2:14 pm
And Bhattacharya your point is? I mean the taliban were actually beheading Pakistani citizens, so what should the army do, award them?
January 9, 2013 5:59 am
Isn't there enough mess within the Pakistan border?
January 9, 2013 6:05 am
Beaheading the head and taking it along .. is inhuman !!!
January 9, 2013 6:06 am
Look who is talking what....."inhuman".
January 9, 2013 6:08 am
pakistan should not do these type of things. recently India have allowed pak cricket team to visit india but pak did not learn any lesson from the past.
January 9, 2013 6:12 am
What can you expect from an Army which works with jihadis?
January 9, 2013 6:20 am
I think he is pretty close..some of the Indian politicians better be clear in their mind that the guys accross the borders are indeed not 'human'. Also occassional actions like these from the Pakistanis are actually good in clearing some Hindu minds about dreaming of 'normal' relationship. Instead of throwing civilised jargons picked up from western world ie 'unacceptable behaviour' , 'inhuman' and crying like a little girl, the Hindus should focus on paying these guys back in their own currency..thats the only trade they will acknowledge.
omer khan shaheen
January 9, 2013 6:25 am
AND!!! it starts again. So what's on the agenda table this time.
January 9, 2013 6:27 am
at some point india will be forced to react which willmark our return to stone age for which pakistan will be mainly responsible
January 9, 2013 6:28 am
Keep protesting... no one is listening
January 9, 2013 6:40 am
seems like another kargil war is on the agenda table..remember it started with mutilating Indian soilders..
January 9, 2013 6:41 am
Has it occurred to the Indians that the attackers might not have been Pakistani soldiers but dressed as one.I doubt that the Pakistani force will stoop to such low levels.
January 9, 2013 6:41 am
Agenda is Pakistan can never be trusted! At least Pakistan should try to be good enemy if can not be friend.
January 9, 2013 8:24 am
But who will convince the spineless,shameless,worthless and disgustiong Indian government?
Ahmed Sultan (India)
January 9, 2013 6:51 am
Peace process should not start till Pakistan stops doing stuffs like this.
January 9, 2013 7:04 am
To prove that Indians are the most innocent nation on earth.
January 9, 2013 7:05 am
Indian Defence Minister forgot to mention that Sunday's attack by indian soldiers was "humane"!!!
January 9, 2013 7:09 am
Not much! The Indian government would at best call the envoy and have a nice coffee... it doesn't seem to able to do more.
Vivek Sehgal
January 9, 2013 7:10 am
Now all that is left is for the Indian Govt: to declare that they have a Barbarian neighbourhood in the west.......
January 9, 2013 7:11 am
There are enough domestic problems in Pakistan so government want to shift the main focus of common people from corruption and domestic violence to India .Even a small kid can understand this tactics.
alex pandian
January 9, 2013 7:12 am
Come On Indian Army. You can do better than this rather than crying from a roof top. This is a matter of pride and honour for the Indian Army which anyway is least appreciated by the Cong Government. So my suggestion will be for you to send a Gorkha into their territory and he will come back with a Pak head; send an Assamese and he will come back with their heart and finally send the Madrasi and he will come back with their Genitals. Thats it. Matter solved and both the armies can go to their bunkers.
raja hindustani
January 9, 2013 7:18 am
Aren't we fool who expect human treatment from country like pakistan..?? Aur karo aman ki asha..!!!
KIishen Narayan
January 9, 2013 7:18 am
Too sad. Hope this does'nt lead to a skirmish. Kishen
Sherry Manzoor
January 9, 2013 7:20 am
Until yesterday, the Indians claimed unprovoked fire by the Pakistani side. Their response resulted in one Pakistani soldier dead and another seriously wounded. Today, they are crying over the inhumane treatment of the Indian soldiers at the hands of the Pakistani side. How exactly did the Indian soldiers ended up in Pakistani hands as a result of long range artillery fire. Did the Indians enter Pakistan? Yes, they did. What did they expect would happen to them if they were caught ?
January 9, 2013 7:21 am
no point in talking and lodging protest. the fittest reply is that attack the Pakistani post, from where their slodiers came, and capture that, as India did in siachin
Aftab Siddiqi
January 9, 2013 9:09 am
Pakistan Army also need to leave in peace and they are at peace when they are at war.. Nothing surprising , they haven't spared their own country made it a battleground so what can India expect from them.
C Bhattacharya, INDIA
January 9, 2013 8:00 am
Hats off to your conclusion about Pakistani force...You must have forgotten what Pakistani Army troops did to Talibans in SWAT after Taliban Uprising about 2 years back...
Bashir Mirza
January 9, 2013 8:19 am
What were the Indian soldiers doing on Pakistani territory??
January 9, 2013 12:15 pm
People on both sides need to understand the timing of these border clashes. Armies on both sides get huge disproportionate amounts from the national budget because of the whole 'Enemy at the gates' scenario. Every time the political and cultural ties seem to head towards normalization these clashes take place. Maybe the Indians did fire, or maybe the Pakistanis tortured the Indian soldier. The only thing that surprises me is the timing of it all. As expected patriots from both sides start chanting slogans and the debate is over.
January 9, 2013 12:30 pm
its high time for india to continue showing restraints on the affairs with pakistan.. i think they have given enough olive branches all this while with no trusted reciprocation from the other side.. looks to me that another kargil is on card and we all know what was the result and how humiliated pakistan was on the international front.. if they can't help themselves, least can india do.... as much as i respect indians official stance on its affairs with pakistan i somehow feel that they should have little bit of Israelite attitude in dealing with their western neighbour... fear can go a long way.
January 9, 2013 1:52 pm
N we are more cruel than this. Only and only if Y indians behave like you behaved on sunday
January 9, 2013 1:55 pm
Manoj, get real....if common people are going to be swayed by govt. accusation there is no hope. Both the govt. are capable of concocting stories... as certain segments within military benefits from conflicts, we need to rise above the petty accusations and find reasons for peace and not war...
January 9, 2013 2:30 pm
Raja Sb, thats exactly what the perpetrators of this crime wanted you to say. As a Pakistani I am shocked by this cruelty but i am also certain that regular Pak army troops were not behind this barbaric act. Time will tell. But if the peace process goes into reverse gear then they have already succeeded.
January 9, 2013 3:01 pm
Umesh, I dont think anybody is disputing that! BTW only the head can be beheaded. The legs or hands cannot be beheaded.
January 10, 2013 10:42 am
I hope your cruelty will help you solve your internal problems. Because Indians are not here to demean anyone but yeah our army is in govt control and they are very proud. If indian army would have been like pakistani army this would not have been 60years long enmity.
January 9, 2013 3:31 pm
You certainly are fools, no doubt. You first kill a Pakistani soldier and then getting burnt, start crying...not only fools but cry babbies too
Paras Dilliwaala
January 9, 2013 4:03 pm
Pakistan Army knows if India-Pakistan relations become all rosy their relevance at home will become nil. So they will never stop unprovoked ceasefire violations!
January 9, 2013 4:35 pm
Just a thought, its very sad but after reading NFP, i think like him or may be i was thinking like him and he got influenced :) !! Today end of play, if there is any mechanism to count number of people killed on South Asia's transport system like Roads, trains etc, due to fire or otherwise other hazards like terror activities. Or for that matter take a average of all the deaths in South Asia which occur every rainy season, how many people on an average get killed over a period of year? Now look at the number of soliders getting killed in cross border fire, is it worth discussion, i leave it to u all people !!!
January 10, 2013 1:46 am
What were Indian soldiers doing inside Pakistani territory?
Adil Jadoon
January 10, 2013 2:43 am
Fear can go a long way! huh???????
Adil Jadoon
January 10, 2013 2:44 am
Oh grow up. No one knows the facts.
January 10, 2013 3:31 am
whether the accusation of beheading is true or not much of the world will believe its true if the accused are muslims. Ironically, It is not too dissimilar from Pakistanis being predisposed to believing a nonmuslim has blasphemed if they have been so accused..
January 10, 2013 5:13 am
Surprised!...should have played the stunt before cricket to cancel....but mony involved
January 10, 2013 9:13 am
Wow..such hate for your neighbour...this kind of hate will only hurt you in the end...learn to love other
January 10, 2013 12:04 pm
Pakistan attack on Indian army was a reprisal to latter’s Sunday assault on farmer’s post, according to India media reported Thursday. The reports citing sources in New Delhi’s ministries of internal and defence affairs on Thursday held Indian soldiers responsible for escalation of tensions between the two countries. The reports said that commandos from 9th Maratha Light Infantry caused provocation by launching attack on Pakistani position. Sources in both the ministries said Islamabad attack was a response to Indian assault. The reports claimed that Brigadier Gulab Singh Rawat deputed at Charchanda Sector along the Line of Control (LOC) decided to launch aggressive attack that led to killing of Pakistani soldiers, including a commissioned officer. A report pointed out that Brigadier Singh was an aggressive officer and his behavior affected nine-year old ceasefire agreement between both the countries. The Indian army has ordered an investigation into the matter and a decision was likely against Brigadnier Singh, the India media reports said.................................................
January 10, 2013 4:10 pm
And were you sleeping when the Pakistanis killed 2 Indians 5 days before a Pakistani died
January 10, 2013 8:19 am
thats expected from the followers of the religion of peace.. this is what you are stacked up since your childhood..
January 10, 2013 8:25 am
yes fear can surely go a long way.. that small nation has created fear in the heart of all the muslim nations.. their fearsome attitude and their retaliation to strikes on their home land and people is well known.. perhaps india should take a leaf out of their book and that's exactly what i believe Alex is suggesting...
Md Imran
January 10, 2013 5:11 pm
Well said, Shuaib ! AoA ! Lets show them who's the boss !
January 10, 2013 10:24 am
Great sense of humour. See.... for pakis beheading, killing is all a joke..
January 10, 2013 10:28 am
write a novel dude u hav a good imagination...u could be the next J K rowling
January 10, 2013 10:31 am
Just a thought....pl check if any of the drones have killed some more in your country and by the way, do you keep a count of no. of killed so far....may be not, because any which ways your people are a liability on you and not assets. I pity your country
January 10, 2013 10:44 am
I see some very disturbing comments on this post from both sides. Just goes to show the kind of intolerance we have on both sides of the border. Whatever happened on sunday with Pakistani and Indian soldiers is sad. Whatever misunderstanding that led to this incident must not happen again. We all know how brutal our societies can be (Delhi rape or Shahzeb killing). Atleast the educated class should show a little bit more maturity and tolerance. Shame on all you guys who would just like to score a point, even over this.
Md Imran
January 10, 2013 1:39 pm
So a soldier's death should go in vain ? And his supreme sacrifice of safegaurding your well being is just another statistic ? Boy ! No wonder your country is the way it is !
raja hindustani
January 10, 2013 7:10 pm
If that is the case why your govt is in denial mode..?? accept your army bravery then...!!!
January 10, 2013 2:10 pm
so basically you are justifying the cowardly and inhuman act done by your soldiers and actually accepting what they did.. i think if he was killed(if he really was) then it was due to the cross border firings which was from both sides.. could have happen to any indian soldier too.. its unfortunate that the poor pakistani soldier got in the line of the firing.. however what pakistani soldiers did was shameful.. they attacked a patrol party in the dark, went all the way across the LOC to the indian side, beheaded the martyred soldiers and took one of the severed head with them as trophy.... you should be thankful that israel is not your neighbor.
January 10, 2013 2:20 pm
are you really so naive... just turn around history pages on the kargil fiasco and you will know what exactly was done and why it got all started... pakistan went across the LOC, killed and mutilated the indian soldiers and took the heads with them as souvenirs.... thats when india retaliated and we all know how pakistan was humiliated.
January 10, 2013 4:08 pm
Just for your information, India has never done this to any Pakistan soldier, even during 1971 and 1999 Kargil, India buried all the dead bodies of Pakistani troops with respect. Fight like a warrior, you get respected like one, that is what Indians believe in.
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