Islamabad, Nov 03: After Pakistan declared Gilgit Baltistan (GB) as its fifth province, heated exchange of statements has flared up between New Delhi and Islamabad, IANS news agency reported
In a latest, Pakistan has “categorically rejected” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ (MEA) statement regarding GB, stating that New Delhi has no locus standi whatsoever on the issue, the report said.
In a press release, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said: “India has no locus standi whatsoever on the issue – legal, moral or historical.
“For more than 73 years, India has been in illegal and forcible occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Regurgitation of false and fabricated claims by India can neither change the fact nor divert attention from India’s illegal actions and continuing humanitarian crisis resulting from the perpetration of the worst human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).”
Pakistan’s statement came in response to Indian MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava remarks, who has said that India opposed any material changes in GB claiming it to be part of Indian territory.
However, Pakistan maintains that the decision is part of what it called longstanding demand of the people of GB, the report added.
“Administrative, political and economic reforms were a longstanding demand of the people of GB. Envisaged provincial reforms reflected the aspirations of the indigenous populace of the region,” Chaudhri.
“Pakistan calls upon India to immediately end its illegal and forcible occupation of pans of Jammu and Kashmir and comply with its international obligations by allowing the Kashmiris to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the UN as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” he added.