New Delhi, Aug 10 (): India on Thursday expressed its concern over the recent killing of five Indian soldiers by Pakistan troops at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir claiming that the attack in the Poonch sector of the state again might threaten the peace talks between both the countries which were resumed in 2011.
On government failing to blame Islamabad for the LoC killing, protests by opposition parties erupted as the defence minister said in Parliament that the attack had been carried out by terrorists dressed in Pakistan army uniforms.
Antony who came under severe criticism for not directly naming Pakistan for the killing in his earlier statement said on Thursday, “My statement was based on the available information.” It was government’s responsibility to report the facts it knew at that point of time, added the Defence Minister.
Later cautioning Pakistan, Antony altered his statement and said that the country’s self-possession should either be taken as granted or the capacity of the armed forces and determination of the government to uphold the sanctity of the LoC be suspected.
Supporting the government’s modification, leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj said the opposition will lend a hand to the government and expressed happiness over the corrections made by the defence minister as he warned the neighbouring country saying not to take things for granted .
In a statement A K Antony said that India wants Pakistan to show determined action to put an end to the terrorist networks, establishment and infrastructure and show substantial movement in bringing justice to the Mumbai attack.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif trying to ease border tension expressed concern over the killing of Indian soldiers on the LoC. It is indeed necessary for both the countries to take effective steps to ensure and restore ceasefire on the LoC, said the Pakistan Prime Minister.
Making the comment, Sharif said that he is looking forward to his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New York in September and will build trust and consolidate the relationship.