LoC killings: Antony may issue fresh statement, govt says BJP playing politics

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
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'Decision to change army inputs taken at highest level'

Antony, who has been under fire for saying that "terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms" had carried out the attack in which five Indian soldiers were killed, maintained in the Rajya Sabha that his statement was based on "whatever information" was available to him then.

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He said he would get back to the House if he got more details about the incident in Poonch after Army Chief General Bikram Singh's visit to Jammu. "Regarding the defence and protection of integrity of the country, the nation is one, parliament is one," he said.

This came as the BJP on Wednesday cornered the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, as it launched a scathing attack on Defence Minister A K Antony over his statements on the the killing of five Indian soldiers.

The BJP, meanwhile, also reiterated its demands for stalling of proposed talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif next month.

Veteran BJP leader L K said this is no time for talks with Pakistan. He also pointed to the "discrepancy" in the statements issued by the Defence Ministry and A K Antony in Parliament.

Later, BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad alleged that the truth concerning the killing of Indian soldiers at the LoC was hidden by Union Defence Minister A K Antony. The BJP also questioned Antony's statements saying he should have explained the decision to change his statement.

Also attacking the Defence Minister in the Lok Sabha was Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, who pointed that while an earlier statement by the Army and the Defence Ministry blamed terrorists and Pakistan Army regulars for the attack, Antony had said those involved in the incident were terrorists and people wearing Pakistan Army uniforms.

"The Defence Minister should apologise to the country," Swaraj said.

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the House, Swaraj demanded a statement from him on the issue stating categorically that Pakistan Army was involved in the attack on the Indian post in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Courtesy : Indian Express

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