In a statement issued on Sunday, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the political maps issued by the Indian home ministry demarcating the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on 2 November that showed Pakistan occupied-Kashmir sans the demarcation of the usual Line of Control.
The maps were released two days after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on 31 October.
Pakistan’s statement said that the maps showed Gilgit-Baltistan and “Azad Kashmir” within the territorial jurisdiction of India, calling them “incorrect, legally untenable, void and in complete violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions".
"Pakistan rejects these political maps, which are incompatible with the United Nations' maps," Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in the statement.
Pakistan rejects political maps issued by India pic.twitter.com/Hdveg0KlE8
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) November 4, 2019
Pakistan said that no step by India can change the "disputed" status of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been "recognised by the United Nations". “Such measures by the Government of India cannot prejudice the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement read.
The Foreign Office statement said Pakistan would continue supporting the legitimate struggle of the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir for exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) November 2, 2019
Pakistan had taken the Indian government’s decision to revocation Article 370, taking away the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir, to the United Nations Security Council. Closed-door consultations were held to discuss the issue in August but to no avail.
The Valley was plunged into a security and communication lockdown on 5 August when the move to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state received the Parliament and President’s nod.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Nov 04, 2019 12:50:57 IST