Pak’s plan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as 5th province unacceptable: India

New Delhi: With Islamabad planning to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan area as its fifth province, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) on Thursday mentioned such a step will be unable to cover the illegality of Pakistan's occupation of the elements of Jammu and Kashmir that it should vacate forthwith.

Stating that Jammu and Kashmir is and can at all times stay an integral a part of India, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay mentioned any unilateral try from Pakistan's aspect will likely be completely unacceptable.

"Such a step will not be able to hide the illegality of attempt and illegality of Pakistan's occupation of the parts of Jammu and Kashmir which it must vacate forthwith. It will also not be able to hide the tremendous and very concerning human rights violation and denial of freedom that has been going in those parts under Pakistan's control for the last 70 years," Baglay informed the media in New Delhi.

The MEA spokesperson maintained that India's place is well-known in a matter, which pertains to the nation's sovereignty.

In what might come as a matter of concern for India, Pakistan is planning to declare Gilgit-Baltistan area as its fifth province.

The Gilgit-Baltistan space is Pakistan's northernmost administrative territory that borders the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

A committee headed by Adviser to Prime Minister on International Affairs Sartaj Aziz beneficial to grant the area a provincial standing, reviews the GeoNews.

Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh are 4 provinces of Pakistan.