Maken was responding to the main opposition party's demand that Defence Minister AK Antony apologize for a statement on the killing of five Indian soldiers by terrorists, dressed like Pakistani soldiers on Tuesday.

"The BJP talking about killing of soldiers... should also remember the muted response and killing of 16 BSF soldiers at Bangladesh border in April 2001," Maken said.

Maken said the number of civilians killed in Jammu and Kashmir during 1998-2004 -- the tenure of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government -- was 6,115, an average of 874 per year.

He said during the UPA regime, the number of deaths in firing was the lowest in the last two decades, with 15 civilians being killed in 2012. "It shows our strong resolve. BJP policies led to failed Agra summit, Lahore Declaration, Kargil infiltration," Maken said.

(Agencies)

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