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Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid

India’s Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid says New Delhi will give a “proportionate” response to Pakistan’s recent deadly attack in Kashmir, which claimed the lives of two Indian soldiers.

“We need to do something about this and we will, but it has to be done after careful consideration of all the details in consultation with the Defense Ministry,” Khurshid said on Tuesday.

“It is absolutely unacceptable, ghastly, and really, really terrible and extremely short-sighted by their part,” the Indian foreign minister added.

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.

Officials added that one of the bodies was badly mutilated.

The Indian Defense Ministry also condemned the killings as “a provocative action” by Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Islamabad has denied New Delhi’s claims.

The incident comes after Pakistan said one of its forces had been killed in the area on Sunday.

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


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