ZAFAR MALIK/AGENCIES

SIALKOT/ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday suspended sector-commander-level talks with India after the killing of two rangers by the BSF, a private TV news channel reported.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz to take up the issue of border violations with the Indian government.

Meanwhile, Pakistan suspended its sector-commander-level talks with India. The decision was taken following the killing of two rangers on Wednesday, who had been called for a ‘flag meeting’ by the Indian Border Security Force, but were subsequently shot dead. The incident was widely condemned and seen as a serious violation of the military protocols.

Separately, the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) resorted to intensified firing on Pakistani border villages in Shakargarh Sector of Sialkot Working Boundary here on Thursday.

According to the senior officials of the Chenab Rangers, the Indian BSF again targeted the civilian population, which created panic and harassment among the local people. It was a major ceasefire violation on the first day of the New Year by the BSF after martyring two jawans of the Chenab Rangers at Zero Line after calling them to attend a ‘flag meeting’ on Wednesday.

The BSF also continued unprovoked intensified firing on Shakargarh villages of Sialkot Working Boundary, intermittently, almost the whole last night (the night between Wednesday and Thursday). Several houses were reportedly damaged by the Indian firing. However, no loss of life or injury was reported. The Chenab Rangers retaliated instantly and effectively, silencing the Indian guns.