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.