Pakistan to raise Gilgit-Baltistan to full-fledged province: Report

Islamabad, September 17 

Pakistan has determined to raise Gilgit-Baltistan’s standing to that of a full-fledged province, a Pakistani media report on Thursday quoted a senior minister as saying.

India has clearly conveyed to Pakistan that all the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, together with the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral a part of the nation by its totally authorized and irrevocable accession. 

According to a report within the Express Tribune, Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, Ali Amin Gandapur, on Wednesday stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan would quickly go to the area and make the formal announcement to raise Gilgit-Baltistan to the standing of a full-fledged province with all constitutional rights.

Gandapur stated Gilgit-Baltistan can be given ample illustration on all constitutional our bodies, together with the National Assembly and the Senate.

“After consultation with all stakeholders, the federal government has decided in principle to give constitutional rights to Gilgit-Baltistan,” the minister instructed reporters. 

India has stated the Government of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it. 

India fully rejects such actions and continued makes an attempt to deliver materials modifications in Pakistan occupied areas of the Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Instead, Pakistan ought to instantly vacate all areas underneath its unlawful occupation, the Ministry of External Affairs stated in May whereas protesting Islamabad’s efforts to deliver materials change in Pakistan occupied territories.  

Gandapur additionally stated that work on the Moqpondass Special Economic Zone would start underneath the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Pakistan’s Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship undertaking of Beijing’s bold multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The CPEC is a set of infrastructure and different tasks underneath building all through Pakistan since 2013. Originally valued at USD 46 billion, the tasks had been price over USD 60 billion as of 2017.

India has protested to China over the CPEC as it’s being laid via Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. PTI 

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