Islamabad, Aug 8: Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said India's anger at Pakistan over the death of its soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday was beyond comprehension. He added that Indians have a habit of accusing Pakistan even if a cracker went off on their soil.
Khan said it was futile to blame the Pakistan Army for the killing of the soldiers in Poonch sector near the Line of Control (LoC). He said the site was at least five kilometres away from the LoC and it was not possible for Pakistani troops to have reached there.
The soldiers were butchered after they were allegedly ambushed by 20 armed militants, the Indian Defence Minister A K Antony said, also alleging that the militants were wearing Pakistan Army uniforms. Islamabad rubbished Antony's claims.
The Pakistani interior minister said Islamabad is always in favour of peace and put the blame on the Indian media for spoiling the ambience.
Meanwhile, the Indian defence minister faced massive protest from the opposition parties for 'bailing out' Pakistan by making the 'militants in Pakistani Army outfits' remark. His ministry and the Indian Army sources had issued statements contradicting him by saying that the Pakistani Army was behind the attack and the ministry statement was withdrawn later, leading to further protests in the opposition and media ranks.
Principal opposition party BJP has demanded scrapping off talks with Pakistan, which the government is not ready to meet.
Agitators burn an effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Ahmedabad to protest the killings of Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.
In New Delhi
Hindu Sena activists protest near Pakistan House in New Delhi against the killing of five army soldiers in Poonch.
In New Delhi
Hindu Sena activists during a protest near Pakistan House in New Delhi on Wednesday against the killing of five army soldiers in Poonch.
In New Delhi
Youth Congress activists brave water cannons during a protest near Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi against the killings of Indian soldiers in Poonch.
Indian National Lok Dal activists burn an effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Rohtak to protest against the killings of Indian soldiers in Poonch.
Andhra Pradesh Youth Congress activists carry an effigy representing Pakistan in Hyderabad during a protest against the killings of Indian soldiers in Poonch.
Activists of Shiv Sena and Dogra Front shout slogans during a protest in Jammu on Tuesday against the killing of five Indian soldiers in Poonch.
People hold a protest in Jammu on Tuesday against the killing of five Indian soldiersin Poonch.
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists burn an effigy of Indian Defence Minister AK Antony against his remarks over the killing of five Indian soldiers in Poonch.
After the attacks
Indian soldiers patrol in Poonch on Tuesday in the wake of killing of their five colleagues.
The brave sons
Soldiers pay tributes to five army jawans, who were killed in an attack in Poonch, at Palam Technical Airport in New Delhi.