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India opposes move to change Gilgit-Baltistan legal status

Thursday - December 6, 2018 11:22 pm , Category : INDIA
New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) India on Thursday voiced strong opposition to Pakistan's reported move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as that country's fifth province.
 
"We have said that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir has been and will remain a part of India," External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar said in response to a question at a media briefing here.
 
"Any attempt by Pakistan to change the legal status has no basis whatsoever," Kumar said.
 
"We call upon Pakistan to vacate all occupied territories."
 
Gilgit-Baltistan is a part of Jammu and Kashmir, but Pakistan illegally occupied it after Partition in 1947.
 
Islamabad later divided the region into two parts - Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
 
According to reports, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved a proposal to alter the region's status to that of an interim province in principle.
 

--IANS ab/nir