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Antony to make fresh statement in Parliament on LoC killings

New Delhi, Aug 8 (): After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit Defence MinisterA K Antony for his controversial statement over the killing of five Indian soldiers near the Line of Control (LoC), the Defence minister is likely to issue a fresh statement today in the Parliament while the government has accused the main opposition party of playing politics over the issue.

Antony’s  controversial statement, “terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms” came  under  severe criticism  as the BJP cornered the defence ministry and launched a mocking attack on him over his sarcastic statement.

Repeating the demand for stalling the proposed talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif next month, BJP senior leader L K Advani said that this is not the right time for talks with Pakistan. He further pointed out towards the inconsistency in the statements issued by the Defence Ministry and A K Antony in Parliament.

Following Prasad, one more BJP leader to hit the Defence Minister was the Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, who claimed that while an earlier statement by the Army and the Defence Ministry blamed terrorists and Pakistan Army patrons for the attack, Antony said that those involved in the incident were terrorists and people wearing Pakistan Army uniforms. Swaraj also demanded apologies from the Defence Minister.

Meanwhile, the exact reason behind Pakistani troops attacking Indian soldiers seemed to be unclear, sources said that it could be the work of those authorities who wanted to put a break in Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts of maintaining good relationship with India.

Earlier during the run up to Pakistani elections, Sharif was believed to have promised good relationship with India, but now repeating the statement regularly has come under severe criticism from the right-wing lobby in Pakistan which termed Sharif to have sold out to India.