Shinde hints at Pak link to Valley attack

A day after five CRPF men were killed in Srinagar,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Thursday hinted at a Pakistan link to the attack.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2013 1:00 am

A day after five CRPF men were killed in Srinagar,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Thursday hinted at a Pakistan link to the attack.

In his statement in the Lok Sabha,Shinde said diaries containing some numbers and a tube of skin ointment were recovered from the slain militants. He said investigations showed the “tube was manufactured in Glaxo Smithkline Pak Ltd,at 35 Dockyard,Karachi”. Shinde said the name of the ointment was in Urdu,and the numbers mentioned in the diaries also “appear to be of Pakistani origin”.

“Their bodies were shaved which confirms them to be fidayeen,” said Shinde. “Although the responsibility for the incident was owned by an agent of Hizbul Mujahideen,the authenticity of the claim is yet to be ascertained.”

Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said the attack again showed the futility of the demands to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Kashmir. “It is an unfortunate coincidence that the incident happened at a place from where AFSPA is being demanded to be withdrawn… I say that we must not take decisions on emotions,but see the ground realities,” she said.

The mention of AFSPA brought some MPs from Kashmir to their feet and they again demanded its withdrawal.

Swaraj also took the government to task,pointing out that the entire front row of the treasury benches,where ministers sit,was empty when the House was paying tribute to CRPF men killed in the attack.

She reminded the government that after a soldier was beheaded at the LoC,PM Manmohan Singh had said there cannot be ‘business-as-usual’ relations with Pakistan. “But still Pakistan’s hockey team was given a visa. The invitation to Pakistani cricketers was not cancelled… Recently,Pakistan’s Prime Minister came to visit Ajmer Sharif and our Foreign Minister hosted him for lunch,” she said.

Meanwhile,in another faux pas,Shinde read out his statement on the attack twice in the House. Even after BJP members stood up to point out that he was reading his statement again,Shinde continued to read,and finished nearly half of the statement again before a Lok Sabha official went up to him to tell him that he was reading it twice over.

Even the treasury benches watched in disbelief as Shinde finally stopped and sat down. Only recently Shinde,in another statement in Parliament,had read out the names of the three minor sisters who were suspected to have been raped and killed in Maharashtra.

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