Starting with the summary of the incident, tomorrow an unusual incident came into the news which was about an Indian Solider, who crossed the Line of Control (LoC) at night. But to everyone’s amaze, Pakistani Officials showed somewhat really a good gesture by returning him back with no harm and offence.
In The News
As per Pakistani news, In Islamabad Pakistan, on Saturday Pakistani officials handed over the strayed Indian soldier to Indian officials, who crossed the Line of Control (LoC) on the night of the alleged surgical strikes, as a “goodwill gesture”, but after branding him as a “deserter”. One of the foreign Office said in statement,
“Pakistan has handed over an Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, to Indian authorities this afternoon at 1430 through Wagah border.”
The proclamation was being anticipated. Indian Union Minister of State for Defense Subhash Bhamre had claimed almost 10 days ago, that the Pakistan Army had committed to releasing Chohan. The claim had, however, been disallowed by Pakistani officials. The verdict about the impending release of the Indian soldier, according to Mr Bhamre, had been conveyed to the Indian side during a dialog between the directors’ general military operations (DGMOs) of the two countries. The whole incident, meanwhile, took a new twist when the release of the soldier finally happened. He was acknowledged an Indian deserter. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, said Chohan “deserted his post at LoC due to his grievances of maltreatment against his commanders” and “willfully crossed LoC on 29 September 2016 and surrendered himself to Pakistan Army”. A controversy erupted in India earlier this month after videos surfaced on social media about its soldiers protesting over their living conditions. Chohan’s crossing has now been intriguingly linked to the resentment within Indian troops. The ISPR said he had been convinced to return and this exercise was done “as a gesture of goodwill and in continuation of our efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity along LoC and WB”. The FO, meanwhile, said the decision on repatriating the soldier was based on humanitarian grounds and the commitment to ensure peace and tranquillity at LoC and the Working Boundary. Notwithstanding Indian belligerence, Pakistan believes in peaceful neighborhood and rejects all actions aimed at undermining regional peace and security, the FO said. The curious story about the Indian soldier had several turns. At the time of his capture, the then military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa had initially denied that Chohan was in their custody, but a day later said the verification and authentication procedures of the Indian soldier were being carried out. Later, a senior government official, following Mr Bhamre’s public comments, acknowledged that the detained Indian soldier had inadvertently crossed the LoC.