Updated: November 1, 2020 8:29:09 pm
The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday mentioned Pakistan’s decision to grant “provisional provincial standing” to Gilgit-Baltistan was an try and camouflage its unlawful occupation. MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned the Union Territories of J&Ok, Ladakh, together with Gilgit-Baltistan, had been an integral a part of India.
“The authorities of India firmly rejects try by Pakistan to convey materials modifications to part of Indian territory, underneath its unlawful and forcible occupation. I reiterate Union Territories of J&Ok, Ladakh, together with Gilgit-Baltistan, are an integral a part of India by advantage of the authorized, full and irrevocable accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India in 1947. The Government of Pakistan has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it,” the MEA mentioned in a press release.
Please see our assertion on Pakistan Government’s choice to accord “provisional provincial standing” to the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” : pic.twitter.com/8XzPT0aSFH
— Anurag Srivastava (@MEAIndia) November 1, 2020
The MEA response comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday introduced the granting of “provisional provincial standing” to Gilgit-Baltistan “whereas conserving in view the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions”, Dawn reported.
“We have decided to grant provisional provincial standing to Gilgit-Baltistan, which has lengthy been the demand right here,” Khan mentioned in a speech within the metropolis of Gilgit. The growth comes at a time when huge protests have been happening towards the Imran Khan-led authorities over the problem of Gilgit-Baltistan.
“Such makes an attempt, meant to camouflage Pakistan’s unlawful occupation, can’t conceal grave human rights violations and denial of freedom for over seven many years to folks residing in these Pakistan-occupied territories,” the MEA additional mentioned.
Last month too India had strongly objected to Islamabad’s transfer to change the standing of the area after Pakistan introduced that elections for the legislative assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan could be held on November 15.
In a ruling earlier this 12 months, the Pakistan Supreme Court allowed the federal government to amend a 2018 administrative order to conduct basic elections within the area. Following the decision, India issued a demarche to a senior Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi and lodged a robust protest over the Pakistan Supreme Court ruling.
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