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India rejects Pakistan’s decision to accord provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan

India slammed Pakistan’s attempts to convert Gilgit Baltistan as the country’s fifth province through an official statement on November 1, 2020. India’s statement was released hours after the Pakistani government led by Imran Khan accorded “provisional provincial status” to Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Union Ministry of External Affairs in a strongly worded statement said that India firmly rejects the attempt made by Pakistan to bring material changes to a part of the Indian Territory, under its illegal and forcible occupation.

The External Affairs Ministry reiterated in the statement that the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the so-called area ‘Gilgit Baltistan’ are an integral part of India by the virtue of complete, legal and irrevocable accession of J&K into the Indian Union in 1947.

India further stated that the Pakistani government has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it. The External Affairs Ministry said that such attempts by Pakistan to camouflage its illegal occupation cannot hide the grave the human rights violations and denial of freedom to the people living in these Pakistan-occupied territories for over seven decades.

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