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July 11, 1999
Pakistan refuses to take even officers' bodies
The bodies of three Pakistani officers, recovered from Tiger Hill and Gun Hill, will be buried "with due regard to the honour of a fallen soldier", the Indian Army said today.
The army had communicated to Pakistan the recovery of the bodies of Major Iqbal, Captain Kamal Sheikh and Lieutenant Imtiaz Malik on July 8, but did not get any response.
"As a soldier it is a matter of great regret to state that the enemy has abandoned the bodies of its soldiers in this manner," Major General J J Singh, additional director general of military operations, said in New Delhi today.
Maj Gen Singh said the three officers, two from the 12 Northern Light Infantry and one from the 165 Mortar Regiment, will be buried in accordance with military customs.
Indian troops have buried several bodies of Pakistani soldiers in the Kargil sector with a Muslim priest presiding over the funeral.
A report from Srinagar said the bodies of Maj Iqbal and Capt Kamal Sheikh had been brought there, but the body of Lt Imtiaz Malik was highly decomposed and could not be transported.
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