Pakistan PM Imran Khan pronounces ‘provisional provincial standing’ for Gilgit-Baltistan

While asserting ‘provisional provincial standing’ to Gilgit Baltistan in PoK, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan used this choice to fend off assaults in opposition to his authorities by the 11-party opposition alliance PDM.

File photograph of Pakistan PM Imran Khan (Photo Credits: PTI)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday introduced his authorities’s choice to accord ‘provisional provincial standing’ to Gilgit Baltistan, part of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). Gilgit Baltistan is a part of undivided Jammu and Kashmir which acceded to India.

While addressing a rally in Giligit on Sunday, Pakistan PM Imran Khan mentioned, “a strong army is indispensable for a country to protect its sovereignty and solidarity.”

He additionally made makes an attempt to make use of the announcement to defend the Pakistani institution which has come beneath assault by the opposition alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

This comes days after Pakistan introduced elections for Gilgit Baltistan in December. India has registered its robust opposition to the transfer.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) mentioned actions like holding of elections in “so-called Gilgit-Baltistan” legislative meeting subsequent month can neither conceal the “illegal occupation” of elements of Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by Islamabad nor the “grave human rights violations and exploitation” of individuals on this area.

“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,” an announcement by the MEA mentioned.

The assertion went on so as to add, “The Government of India has also completely rejected the recent actions such as the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan (Elections and Caretaker Government) Amendment Order 2020’ and continued attempts by the Pakistan establishment to bring material changes in areas under its illegal and forcible occupation,”

“Action such as these can neither hide the illegal occupation of parts of Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pakistan occupied territories for the past seven decades. These are cosmetic exercises intended to camouflage its illegal occupation. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” the MEA’s assertion mentioned.

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