Kashmir Incident Puts Indo-Pakistani Relations on Ice

Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 8, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

In­dia’s primary op­pos­i­tion party cri­ti­cized In­di­an De­fense Min­is­ter A.K. Ant­ony for back­track­ing on his earli­er state­ment ac­cus­ing the Pakistani mil­it­ary of re­spons­ib­il­ity for an at­tack on the Kash­mir bor­der that killed five In­di­an armed forces, Time re­por­ted.

The Bhar­atiya Janata Party said Ant­ony’s Tues­day state­ment, which sug­ges­ted that the at­tack was led by mil­it­ants in Pakistani uni­forms, rep­res­en­ted In­dia’s weak for­eign policy un­der the cur­rent gov­ern­ment, led by the In­di­an Na­tion­al Con­gress.

Ant­ony on Thursday switched gears, tough­en­ing his earli­er and more muted state­ment, which he said was based on the know­ledge he had at the time.

“It is now clear that spe­cial­ist troops of the Pakistani Army were in­volved in the at­tack when a group from the Pakistan-Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir side crossed the LOC [line of con­trol] and killed our brave jawans [privates],” the de­fense min­is­ter said. “Nat­ur­ally this in­cid­ent will have con­sequences on our be­ha­vi­or on the line of con­trol and our re­la­tions with Pakistan.”

The at­tack throws po­ten­tial peace talks between the two nuc­le­ar armed South Asi­an na­tions in­to jeop­ardy.

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