Ministry of Exterior Affairs: Vacate PoK, dare not alter standing

New Delhi, November 1

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has criticised Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s promise at an election rally in Gilgit-Baltistan to provide it the status of a provisional province. It asked Pakistan to immediately vacate these territories instead of seeking to alter their status.

Khan was addressing his first rally in Gilgit-Baltistan against objections by local opposition leaders who have said his arrival with several federal ministers is an attempt to unduly influence the election.

“The UTs of J&K and Ladakh, including the area of so-called Gilgit-Baltistan, are an integral part of India by virtue of the legal, complete and irrevocable accession of J&K to the Union of India in 1947,” said the MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava in response to a media query on the Pakistan PM’s observations. Srivastava said such attempts by Pakistan were intended to camouflage its illegal occupation. But it cannot hide the Pakistan human rights violations, he added. — TNS

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