January 18, 2022

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India lodges strong protest over Pakistan SC’s election order on ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’

India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over bringing material change in Pakistan occupied territories in J&K and Ladakh. India has strongly protested Pakistan Supreme Court’s order allowing the conduct of general elections in “Gilgit-Baltistan” region and asked Islamabad to “immediately vacate all areas” under its illegal occupation. 

The Ministry of External Affairs clearly conveyed to Pakistan that the entire union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh including the areas of Gilgit-Baltistan are an integral part of India by virtue of its fully legal and irrevocable accession. And the Government of Pakistan its judiciary has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it. 

India completely rejected such actions and continued attempts to bring material changes and Pakistan occupied areas of the Indian Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Ministry of External Affairs stated in a note that Pakistan was told to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation. It was further conveyed that such actions of Pakistan neither hide the illegal occupation of parts of union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations and exploitation of a denial of freedom to the people residing in Pakistan occupied territories for the past seven decades.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had last week allowed the amendment to the Pakistan Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018 to conduct the general elections in September as well as for setting up a caretaker government during the interregnum period.

India slammed Pakistani court’s decision over the order to conduct general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.