Islamabad, Nov 3 (PTI): The Pakistan government has rejected the freshly issued map by India which showed the whole Kashmir region as its part. Pakistan called is as illegal and incorrect.
On Saturday, India unveiled new maps of the recently created Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir along with the complete map of India illustrating these new UTs.
In these new and modified maps, India has depicted Pakistan’s side of Kashmir as part of the newly carved out Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, whereas Gilgit Baltisitan is included in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
In a press statement released on Sunday, the Foreign Office of Pakistan said that these newly released political maps which display the Jammu & Kashmir region and seek to depict Pakistan’s territories of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir as being within the territorial jurisdiction of India, are inappropriate, legally unsound and invalid, and a gross and blatant violation of all the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions that have been passed in this regard.
The Foreign Office stressed that Pakistan unequivocally rejected these new political maps, which are divergent from the original United Nations’ maps.
Pakistan’s stance on this development makes sense in the light of the “disputed” status which has been accorded to the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh region by the United Nations Security Council and its numerous resolutions. The Government of India took these measures out of malice for the people of the region and to prejudice their undeniable right to self-determination.
The Foreign Office furthermore said that Pakistan and the people of Pakistan would continue to extend their moral support for the legitimate independence struggle of the people of occupied Kashmir and their right to self-determination in harmony with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
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The fresh maps are been released after the Indian government separated Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday into two union territories — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir — in accordance with the Indian government’s announcement on August 5 revoking the state’s special status under Article 370.