AK Antony said on Wednesday that tensions between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir have reduced but added that New Delhi will take a call on the future ties with the neighbouring country after assessing the "ground situation".
The two countries saw a border flare-up in the wake of killing of two Indian soldiers along the LoC on Jan 8, in which one of the victims was beheaded. A huge uproar followed in India while Pakistan, too, replied in an aggressive tone.
Antony said the tension between the two neighbours had come down after the last round of talks between the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries. The defence minister, however, said that no timeline could be set to normalising the atmosphere for a lot of factors were needed to be taken into account. He said the government would not take any hasty decision.
He also said India had to keep its fingers crossed although Pakistan had made some assurances on the ghastly incident of Jan 8.
Antony also reminded that infiltration attempts were being made from across the border even in extreme cold conditions.
The DGMOs of both countries spoke to each other after ceasefire violations on the LoC and some other sectors in Jammu and Kashmir resulted in the death of soldiers on both sides of the border.