The Pakistan Army, who sought to recover the bodies by intensifying ceasefire violation, failed despite repeated attempts for over two days. Out of respect for the dead the Indian Army permitted recovery after the white flag was raised, said sources
New Delhi: After a robust retaliation by the Indian Army to ceasefire violations (CFV) by Pakistan side, the army of Pakistan was forced to raise the "white flag" to recover the bodies of its soldiers killed by the Indian Army.
According to sources in the Army, Sepoy Ghulam Rasool in Hajipur sector of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), who hailed from Bahawalnagar, Pakistani Punjab, was killed on September 10-11, by the Indian Army.
The Pakistan Army, who sought to recover the bodies by intensifying ceasefire violation, failed despite repeated attempts for over two days. During one of the attempts a Punjabi Muslim soldier was killed while trying to recover the body another Pakistani Punjabi Muslim soldier, Army sources said.
On September 13, the Pakistan Army raised the white flag that is meant to signify surrender or seek truce and recovered the bodies.
Indian Army respects the dead and so permitted the same, said sources.
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The Pakistan Army has also refused to take back the bodies of 5-7 soldiers and terrorists killed on July 30-31 in Keran sector which has led to the belief that they were not from Punjab and may have been Kashmiris or soldiers from Northern Light Infantry (NLI).
Even during the Kargil war, Indian Army personnel performed the last rites of Pakistan soldiers on icy heights after the country had disowned its soldiers killed in the battle.
"Pakistan treats Kashmiris and NLI troops as cannon fodder. Punjabi Muslims rule the roost, whether Army, politics, social life or national resources," said sources.
Sources said the Pakistan Army, which is dominated by Punjabi Muslim Generals and has more than 70% of troops from that area, always tries its best to retrieve bodies of Punjabi soldiers killed in action.
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