The Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh's remarks on martyrdom of five Indian soldiers is regrettable, Kumar told reporters in reply to a question.

Singh on Tuesday had given a clean chit to Pakistan saying that he did not think that Islamabad was responsible for the killing of five Indian soldiers on the LOC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir and had said that the attack might have been carried out by militants from across the border in the disguise of Pakistani soldiers.

He had also described Pakistan as India's 'younger brother' and a neighbour during a press conference in his native Jamui district on Saturday. Singh had also come to the rescue of his beleaguered colleague Bhim Singh, who holds Rural Works and Panchayati Raj departments in the Nitish Kumar government, saying that the matter related to his insensitive remarks that policemen and soldiers are recruited in service to make sacrifices for the nation should be closed in the wake of the latter's unqualified apology.


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