LoC Killings: Antony issues fresh statements saying Pak involved

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New Delhi, Aug 8: Wednesday saw Defense Minister AK Antony in a large puddle after his controversial statement on LoC killings came back to haunt him.

After being attacked by the Opposition for giving "clean chit" to Pakistan for the deadly killing of five Indian soldiers in Kashmir by Pakistani troops, Antony today issued a new statement on the attack in Parliament.

The minister specified that "specialist troops" of the Pakistani Army were responsible for the killings.

"We all know nothing happens along the Line of Control without the support...direct involvement of the Pak Army," he said.

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said she welcomes his new statement and also suggested the possibility of an end to the huge stand-off between her party and the government over Antony's original statement on how the Jawans were killed.

In New Delhi

Soldiers paying tributes to five army jawans, who were killed in an attack in Poonch, after their mortal remains were brought at Palam Technical Airport in New Delhi.

Soldiers carrying the coffin

Soldiers carrying the coffin of one of the five army jawans, who were killed in an attack in Poonch, after their mortal remains were brought at Palam Technical Airport in New Delhi.

In New Delhi

Soldiers carrying the coffin of one of the five army jawans, who were killed in an attack in Poonch, after their mortal remains were brought at Palam Technical Airport in New Delhi.

Soldiers paying tributes to five army jawans

Soldiers paying tributes to five army jawans, who were killed in an attack in Poonch, after their mortal remains were brought at Palam Technical Airport in New Delhi.

In Patna

Army personnel carry coffins of the four army jawans, who were killed in an attack in Poonch, after their mortal remains were brought at Patna Airport.

In Bihta

Wife of Army jawan Vijay Kumar Rai mourns his death in Bihta on Wednesday. Rai was among the five soldiers who were killed in an attack in Poonch.

The opposition demanded an apology and then a revised statement from Mr Antony, who on Wednesday, stopped short of blaming the Pakistani Army and attributed the assault to "men in Pakistani army uniforms."

The Defence Minister was contradicted by his own ministry, whose statement directly attributed the attack to the Pakistani Army. That press release was later withdrawn, and the Defence Ministry and army said that the minister's account was correct.

The opposition said that the minister had forced the army to censor the facts.

Antony said that based on an on-the-spot assessment by Army Chief General Bikram Singh, it is now clear that the attack was carried out by Pakistani army regulars.

The government has been keen to prevent the crisis from derailing attempts to revive peace talks with Pakistan. The BJP's senior leaders warned the Prime Minister at a meeting on Wednesday evening that "the country is not in the mood to see him embrace Nawaz Sharif," the newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The two leaders were expected to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month but now the talks are kept on hold.

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