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Gilgit-Baltistan election: ‘Vacate areas under illegal occupation’ – India to Pakistan

India on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for its decision to conduct elections in the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” Legislative Assembly. Coming down hard at the hostile neighbouring country, the ministry of external affairs reiterated Indian government’s stand that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of so-called Gilgit and Baltistan are its territories and Islamabad has no locus standi on the illegally and forcibly occupied areas.

The Indian government lambasted Pakistan for its human rights violations in Pakistan occupied territories for over seven decades. New Delhi asked Pakistan to immediately vacate all Indian territories under its illegal occupation.

“We have seen reports regarding announcement of elections to the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” Legislative Assembly to be held on November 15, 2020. The Government of India has conveyed its strong protest to the Government of Pakistan and reiterated that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of so-called Gilgit and Baltistan are an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947.

The Government of Pakistan has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it,” the MEA statement said.

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