Ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops at LoC, Kashmir.
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Just days before Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar's visit to Islamabad, Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has warned India of a "befitting response to provocation" along the Line of Control (LoC).

A statement issued by the Pakistan army quoted General Sharif as saying: "Let there be no doubt that any provocation along LoC and Working Boundary will meet a befitting response."

"Repeated Indian ceasefire violations on the Working Boundary and the LoC in recent past were a distraction for Pakistan from campaign versus terrorism and it affects regional stability," the statement added.

According to military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, the army chief made the comments while paying a visit to the troops and residents affected by cross-border firing near Sialkot, reports NDTV.

India and Pakistan have been engaged in heavy firing along the LoC in recent months.

Seven months after India cancelled foreign secretary-level talks over the Pakistani envoy's consultations with Kashmiri separatists, Mr Jaishankar will travel to Islamabad on 3 March for a two-day visit.