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Pakistan high commissioner and Indian Punjab CM meeting called off

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Parkash Singh Bada, Indian Punjab chief Minister, postponed a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit following a conflict in Gurdaspur causing 10 lives.

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The meeting between Badal and Basit was scheduled to take place on July 29 in Chandigarh.

The advisor to chief minister on national affairs and media, Harcharan Bains, said that the meeting was delayed keeping in view today’s incident at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district.

Bains also vented that it was Basit who had asked for a courtesy call during his visit to Chandigarh this week.

Earlier, gunmen in military guise on Monday opened fires killing 10 people in Indian Punjab and being shot dead in a 12-hour-long cross-fire with security forces in a small-town police station alongside the border with Pakistan.

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According to security sources of India, the assailants were suspected to belong to either Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Indian police sources also maintained in the same way saying the militants entered from Pakistan, while some media representatives held that they might have jumped into Punjab from Indian Kashmir.

On the other hand, Pakistan has strongly denounced the incident, saying ‘We condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist incident in Gurdaspur, India, in which a number of precious lives have been lost. There are reports of others having suffered injuries. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families,’ said the foreign office in a statement.

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