New Delhi, November 1, 2020: In response to media queries on remarks by Pakistani Prime Minister in Gilgit today regarding his government’s decision to accord “provisional provincial status” to the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan”, the Official Spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said:
“The Government of India firmly rejects the attempt by Pakistan to bring material changes to a part of Indian territory, under its illegal and forcible occupation. I reiterate that the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir 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 Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India in 1947. The Government of Pakistan has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it. Such attempts by Pakistan, intended to camouflage its illegal occupation, cannot hide the grave human rights violations, exploitation, and denial of freedom for over seven decades to the people residing in these Pakistan occupied territories. Instead of seeking to alter the status of these Indian territories, we call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.”
Despite protests by the locals, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday announced the granting of provisional-provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan.