India slams Pakistan action on Gilgit-Baltistan

Posted On Friday, 17 March 2017 10:01

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NEW DELHI: India on Thursday slammed Pakistan for its unilateral action to make Gilgit-Baltistan the fifth province of the neighbouring country and asserted that such actions have no legal validity. “The position of the government on Jammu & Kashmir is consistent and well known. The entire state of J&K was acceded to India in 1947. It has been, is and will always be, an integral part of India. A part of Jammu & Kashmir has been under illegal occupation of Pakistan.  Any unilateral step by Pakistan to alter the status of that part will have no basis in law and will be completely unacceptable,” MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said when asked to comment on Islamabad’s action at a media briefing here.  It will also be a violation of the agreement between the two countries to address all issues bilaterally through peaceful means, which was enshrined in the Shimla Agreement of 1972 and reiterated through the Lahore Declaration in 1999, Baglay said.

“I must also say that such a step will not camouflage the illegality of Pakistan’s occupation of parts of Jammu & Kashmir and the gravely concerning and serious human rights violations there, as well as denial of democracy to the people there,” he said.  The MEA spokesperson also rejected Pakistan’s effort and intention to meddle in India’s internal affairs, including in judicial process. “We also totally reject the completely untenable link sought to be established by Pakistan with any other matter currently under purview of the Indian courts. A strong Indian democracy and justice system need no self-serving sermons, that too from a country like Pakistan.”  “Pakistan is well advised to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of India in any form; not to resort to denial from the reality of terrorism emanating from its soil; and take action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism in the territory under its control.”

News source: Economics Times

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