New Delhi: India on Thursday termed as “entirely unacceptable” any doable try by Pakistan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan area, bordering disputed PoK, because the fifth province.
Reacting sharply to studies committee headed by Pakistan’s international affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz has proposed standing of a province to Gilgit-Baltistan, exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay stated any such step wouldn’t be capable of disguise the illegality of Pakistan’s occupation of (PoK) elements of Jammu and Kashmir which it should vacate, forthwith. Noting that the difficulty pertains to the sovereignty of India, he stated the federal government’s place may be very well-known on the matter.
“The entire state of J&K is an integral part, has been an integral part and will be an integral part of India. No attempt or unilateral attempt or step to change that would have any legal basis, whatsoever, and it will be entirely unacceptable. Any such step would not be able to hide the illegality of Pakistan’s occupation of parts of J&K which it must vacate, forthwith. It will also not be able to hide the tremendous, very concerning human rights violations and denial of freedom that has been going on in parts controlled by Pakistan for the last 70 years,” the spokesperson stated.
In line with sources, Gilgit-Baltistan is handled as a separate geographical entity by Pakistan. It has a regional meeting and an elected chief minister. At current, Pakistan has 4 provinces — Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baloch-istan. It’s believed that China’s issues concerning the unsettled standing of Gilgit-Baltistan prompted Pakistan to discover change in its standing.