Dar told the TV channel there was a need to normalize relations with India on a number of issues. "There is no immediate consideration to grant India MFN status." Relations between the two South Asian neighbours have been strained after India accused the Pakistan army of killing five soldiers at the Line of Control (LoC) last week.

Pakistan has rejected the accusation. Over the last few days, there have been a number of ceasefire violations on the LoC. Also, Pakistan on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gopal Baglay to express its ‘serious concern’ over alleged ceasefire violations on the Line of Control over the past few days.

Pakistan also requested the Indian government to ensure security and safety of offices of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in India following threats, purportedly by the Shiv Sena, to shut down its Delhi and Mumbai offices, the Pakistan High Commission said in New Delhi.

According to an Indian defence spokesperson in Jammu, Pakistani troops violated the bilateral ceasefire thrice since Sunday, firing at Indian positions from across the border. India responded to the Pakistani fire, and the exchange of fire continued till 3.30 am on Monday. Indian forces said Pakistan used heavy weapons to fire at the Indian positions.


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