Sushilkumar Shinde is finally trying to change his image as a wavering home minister. He stood by Home Secretary RK Singh's initial statement that the two terrorists in Bemina terror attack appeared to be from across the border. But in the process he has raised fresh questions on the resolve of the UPA government to take on Pakistan. The Home Minister's statement in Parliament revealed that two diaries, containing numbers suspected to be of Pakistani origin, a tube of Betnovate, a skin ointment with manufacturing mark of Glaxo Smithkline Pak Ltd, at 35 Dockyard, Karachi, were recovered from the bodies of the two slain terrorists. The name of the tube is mentioned in Urdu and the numbers mentioned in the diaries appear to be of Pakistani origin. Their bodies were shaven, which confirms them to be fidayeens. The killed terrorists are suspected to be of foreign origin, he said. It is after a long time that such substantive evidence hinting at Pakistan's involvement has been found. It is also significant that by making that statement he effectively sought to snub Pakistan, which had reacted sharply to his home secretary's statement. Pakistan foreign ministry had said late on Wednesday, Pakistan strongly rejects the remarks made by Indian Home Secretary RK Singh....We feel that this trend of making irresponsible statements and knee-jerk reactions by senior Indian government functionaries have the potential of undermining the efforts made by both sides to normalize relation between the two countries.
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