India has demarche a senior Pakistani diplomat; in addition to registering a strong protest to Pakistan against Supreme Court of Pakistan order on the so-called Gilgit-Baltistan. “It was clearly conveyed that the entire Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India by virtue of its fully legal and irrevocable accession. The Government of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus standi on territories illegally; and forcibly occupied by it,” read the statement by Ministry of External Affairs.
In a recent order, the Pakistan Supreme Court allowed the amendment to the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018; thereby allowing general elections in the region. Meanwhile, India completely rejected such action and continued attempts to bring important changes in Pakistan occupied areas of the Indian territory of Jammu & Kashmir. Instead, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation, the Ministry of External Affairs stated.
“It was further conveyed that such actions can neither hide the illegal occupation of parts of Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh by Pakistan nor the serious human rights violations; exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pakistan occupied territories; for the past seven decades,” the Ministry of External Affairs informed. Notably, the resolution the Parliament passed in 1994 with consensus displays India’s position in the matter.