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Pakistan rejects Indian protest against Gilgit-Baltistan order

India’s protests over Islamabad’s latest move relating to administrative authority over the Gilgit-Baltistan region were rejected by Pakistan on Sunday that, the “fake” claim of New Delhi on Jammu and Kashmir has made everything opposite from history to the situation on the ground.

The Pakistan cabinet recently approved the Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 which was also supported by the Assembly for the region. On 21 May, through his order on Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi seized more rights from the local council to deal with the affairs of the region. Civil rights groups in Pakistan have criticized the order.

This order is seen as Islamabad’s efforts towards inclusion of the disputed area as its fifth province.

India summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah in New Delhi yesterday and registered a strong protest on Islamabad’s latest move and said that any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under its “forcible and illegal occupation” has no legal basis.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that they told Shah that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, including the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ region, is an integral part of India based on its accession in 1947.

A spokesman of Pakistan’s Foreign Office claimed in a statement that “Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed area”.

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