NEW DELHI: Following the controversy generated over his comment on the killing soldiers at the Line of Control in Kashmir, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday said that a specialist group of the Pakistan army was involved in attack.
“No attack on Indian troops is possible without the support of the Pakistan Army,” he said while addressing the Parliament. Stating that the country’s restraint should not be taken for granted, Antony said, “Those in Pakistan who are responsible for this tragedy should not go unpunished.”
Reacting to his clarification, Leader of Opposition, Sushma Swaraj said, “BJP is glad that the government has corrected its error and should not repeat it.”
Antony said that his earlier statement was based on first information, later the Indian Army Chief got more details about the direct involvement of Pakistan Army.
Antony, has been under fire for saying that “terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniform”, said, “when as Defence Minister I make a statement before the Parliament on such a matter, I have to be very careful, I have to verify all the facts in detail. That is why I made a statement like that.”
On Wednesday, gunning for Antony, BJP escalated the stand-off over his statement on the killing of five soldiers on the LoC and paralysed Parliament, demanding his apology for giving a “clean chit” to Pakistan Army.
Antony, who maintained that he had to be “very careful” when he makes a statement in Parliament, was forced to give an assurance that he will come back to the House after Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh concludes his visit to Jammu.
NDA Parliamentary Party chief L K Advani, who demanded an apology from Antony, led a party delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and made it clear that they will not relent on their position when Parliament meets tomorrow.
The BJP leaders, who included party chief Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, also told the Prime Minister that he should not meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York next month in the current situation.
BJP members on Wednesday created ruckus in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, forcing their repeated adjournments before they closed for the day at 3 PM without transacting any substantive business.
Source: Economic Times