LoC: Antony makes fresh statement

New Delhi, Aug 8 : Quelling the ruckus over his own and his ministry's contradictory versions over the killing of Indian soldiers along the LoC, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday made a fresh statement in the Lower House of the Parliament holding that special troops of Pakistani army were involved in the attack.

Antony said his earlier statement- which said terrorists in Pakistani army uniform carried out the attack- was based on the available information.

"My statement was based on the available information," Antony said after drawing a flak from Opposition since his own ministry had said that the attackers were Pakistani army regulars.

With the Army Chief General Bikram Singh visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday and briefing the Defence Minister, Antony agreed that nothing happens along the LoC without the support of Pakistani army.

"It is now clear that the special troop of Pakistani army was involved in the attack. We know that no ambush is possible at LoC without the support of Pakistani army."

Sending a strong message to the neighbouring country, he said," Those in Pakistan who are responsible for this tragedy should not go unpunished."

"Pakistan should also show determined action," he said.

Antony also said this tragedy will have a bearing on the Indo-Pak relationship.

"This will affect our relationship with Pakistan, in policies and our behavior at the Line of Control," he said.

Welcoming the revised statement, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders expressed happiness.

"I am glad that Defence Minister has revised his statement and ensured his mistake has been rectified. Please ensure such mistakes are not repeated, " said Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj.

She said the Opposition is not playing politics.

"We support your new statement. But we would like to tell Pakistan they cannot play such games," Swaraj said.

Meanwhile, the Upper House of the Parliament was adjourned soon after it resumed functioning on Thursday amid uproar. The Lok Sabha was also adjourned over the issue.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-08-2013)

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