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Pakistan Army Denies Mutilating Body Of BSF Soldier, Says Ready For War But Choose Peace

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| September 23 , 2018 , 11:37 IST

Relations between India and neighbouring Pakistan became more strained after the body of an Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier was found mutilated and talks between foreign ministers of the two nations were cancelled.

However, Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Ghafoor on Saturday denied charges of the Pakistan Army mutilating the body of the BSF soldier, and said that while they were ready for war, they choose to walk the 'path of peace' instead.

"We have struggled to achieve peace in the last two decades. We can never do anything to disgrace any soldier," said Ghafoor in an interview to Dunya TV.

"They (India) have in the past as well laid the blame on us for mutilating the body of a fallen soldier. We are a professional army. We never engage in such acts," he added.

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"We (Pakistan Army) are ready for war but choose to walk the path of peace in the interest of the people of Pakistan, the neighbours and the region," Ghafoor said.

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in Jaipur on Saturday condemned the recent brutal killing of a BSF jawan and 3 policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and said that stern action is needed to avenge the barbarism by terrorists and Pakistan Army against Indian soldiers.

"We need to take stern action to avenge the kind of barbarism that terrorists and the Pakistan Army have been carrying against our soldiers. It is time to give it back to them in the same coin but not by resorting to similar kind of barbarism. I think the other side must also feel the same pain," he said at a press conference.

"Pakistan has suffered many casualties and we have been able to take on their defence system to a large extent, but we never resorted to barbarism. They requested for a ceasefire in May and we agreed, but if they continue to do this, we will need to take other action," he said.

Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan had expressed desire for resuming peace talks with India and foreign minister-level talks were planned to take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month. The talks were later cancelled by India after recent deaths of the BSF soldier and 3 policemen in Jammu and Kashmir.