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Another Bihar minister gives Pakistan a clean chit

Srinagar, August 11 2013 (PPI-OT): After the controversy over statement by Bihar Minister Bhim Singh on the alleged killing of five Indian troops along the Line of Control, his colleague in Nitish government has now raised hackles by giving a clean chit to Pakistan over the issue.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh commenting on the Indian government allegation against Islamabad, said, “I don’t believe that Pakistan is responsible for the killing of five Indian soldiers”. The remarks come as further embarrassment for the Nitish Kumar led government.

“Pakistan is our younger brother and a neighbour,” he commented when asked about the firing incident in which jawans of 21st Bihar Regiment were killed when they were patrolling along LoC on Tuesday last.

Four of the five army men killed were from Bihar. On Thursday, Rural Works and Panchayati Raj Minister Bhim Singh had said that policemen and soldiers are recruited to make sacrifices for the nation, for which he later apologised after his comments created a furore.

Meanwhile, Bihar BJP leaders took strong exception to the agriculture minister’s statement saying it speaks “volumes on Singh’s mental bankruptcy.”

“The statement is yet another case of disrespect to the supreme sacrifices made by our soldiers and grief of their families and the country as a whole,” the BJP leaders said.

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