India is unhappy with Pakistan’s announcement of holding polls in Gilgit-Baltistan

Srivastava was answering a question on the issue at an online media briefing.

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Modi must expose Pak lies': After Kejriwal, Cong asks for proof of ...India on Thursday criticized Pakistan for its decision to hold general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and said such cosmetic exercises are intended to “camouflage” Pakistan’s “illegal occupation of Indian territories“.

Last week, Pakistan announced that general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan would be held on August the 18th.

“We completely reject attempts by Pakistan to bring material changes to the Indian territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Such cosmetic exercises are intended to camouflage Pakistan’s illegal occupation of Indian territories,” Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava said.

“We call upon Pakistan to vacate all Indian territories that are under their illegal occupation,” he said.

Srivastava was answering a question on the issue at an online media briefing.

In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court of Pakistan allowed Islamabad to amend a 2018 administrative order to hold general elections in the region. The Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018 provided for organizational changes, including authorizing the Prime Minister of Pakistan to legislate on an array of subjects.

In May, India had issued a démarche to a senior Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi and lodged a strong protest over the Supreme Court’s ruling.

India believes that the regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir are ‘integral parts’ of its country.

What are your views on this? Share with us in the comments below.

  • India is officially an occupied force in Kashmir now after ending their deal with Kashmir which was the basis for Kashmir’s annexation with India.

    As for Pakistan, we should also claim other territories like Hyderabad, Manipur and Junagarh, who had decided to be part of Pakistan but were forcefully occupied by India, because if India is claiming Kashmir to be their part based on their Raja’s decision to become part of India(despite being muslim majority areas), then Pakistan has the right to claim all the states based on the same principal.

  • My concern would be if they were happy with us!! Look, India can do nothing about Gilgit Baltistan other then report it’s weather! Pak was never gonna vacate it ,now that China is involved there is absolutely no chance of it ever happening. The area is an integral part of Pakistan and always will be. India will never have access to Central Asia, it’s impossible. Even they can’t be that stupid thinking that Pak will heed their stupid demands. Such statements are simply to distract there peoples attention from the battering China is giving them.


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