Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday declared Gilgit-Baltistan an interim province. Imran announced the decision of the Pakistan government while addressing a rally in Gilgit.
New Delhi, November 02: India has opposed Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement to grant interim province status to Gilgit-Baltistan. The foreign ministry said on Sunday that the part belonged to India and was illegally occupied by Pakistan. The Indian government has strongly opposed Pakistan’s efforts to bring about material change in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the Indian government opposes granting interim province status to Pakistan’s illegally occupied Gilgit-Baltistan. He said, “I reiterate that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, along with Gilgit-Baltistan, are an integral part of India.
Criticizing Pakistan’s illegal occupation, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, “The legitimate and complete organization of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 does not entitle the Pakistani government to intervene in the occupied territories. It cannot be hidden. Therefore, Pakistan should evacuate this part immediately. ” Earlier, the Imran government had announced to hold elections in the area a few days back. However, India had strongly objected to the announcement.
Please see our statement on Pakistan Government’s decision to accord “provisional provincial status” to the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan”: pic.twitter.com/8XzPT0aSFH
– Anurag Srivastava (@MEAIndia) November 1, 2020
Interim province status
Earlier, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday declared Gilgit-Baltistan an interim province. Imran announced the decision of the Pakistan government while addressing a rally in Gilgit. He said it was important for any country to have a strong military to maintain its sovereignty and unity. Prime Minister Imran is believed to have made the announcement in defense of his government following an attack by the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM). A total of 11 political parties in Pakistan formed a coalition called Pakistan Democratic Movement in September 2020, a coalition that has taken the Imran government by storm.