New Delhi | India today slammed Pakistan’s move to hold election in Gilgit and Baltistan on June 8, saying that the country was trying to forcibly absorb the two regions which were part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, an undisputed Indian territory.
The election in Gilgit and Baltistan on June 8 under the so called Gilgit Baltistan Empowerment and Self Government Order is an attempt by Pakistan to camouflage its forcible and illegal occupation of the regions, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said here.
He said India’s position was well known and it was that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir which includes the regions of Gilgit and Baltistan was an integral part of India.
”We are concerned at the continued efforts by Pakistan to deny the people of the region their political rights, and the efforts being made to absorb these territories, Mr Swarup said.
The fact that a Federal Minister of Pakistan is also the Governor of Gilgit Baltistan speaks for itself, he said.
Unfortunately in recent times the people of the region have also become victims of sectarian conflict, terrorism and extreme economic hardship due to Pakistan’s occupationary policies, he said.
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