India Slams Pakistan For Illegally Granting Provisional Provincial Status To Gilgit-Baltistan

Indian External Affairs Ministry called Gilgit-Baltistan an integral part of India, forcibly and illegally occupied by Pakistan

Raghav N

November 2, 2020

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Pakistan has ruffled feathers with India yet again after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Sunday that the Greater Kashmir based Gilgit-Baltistan will be given a provisional provincial status by his country. On Sunday, India rejected this claim by the neighbouring nation, saying that Islamabad has no rights over this region of the Indian territory that it has occupied illegally and by force.

Khan, who visited the disputed area in the weekend for a supposed independence day celebration told the locals that his government is fulfilling their long-standing demand to declare the region as a province. He further added that this change is being made, keeping in mind the guidelines of the United Nations Security Council.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement rejecting Pakistan’s attempt to change this part of the Indian territory, calling Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan an integral part of India. External Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also called for Pakistan to vacate all the unlawfully occupied areas which fall inside the Indian border, rather than trying to change the standing of these regions.

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