New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday made a subtle change in the regional listing for sub-divisions of Jammu and Kashmir claiming territorial rights over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and included Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad to the bulletin. Also Read - After Cyclones Amphan And Nisarga, Another Low-Pressure System Forming in Bay of Bengal? Here's What India Meteorological Department Has to Say
“The IMD has been issuing weather bulletin for entire Jammu & Kashmir & Ladakh area. We are mentioning Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad in the bulletin as they are the parts of India,” said IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. Also Read - J&K Admin Asks Staff to Attend Work From Today, Order Doesn't Go Down Well With Lower-rung Employees
As a result, since Tuesday, the IMD on its website now shows the weather forecast for Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Skardu, and Nilam under the north-west subdivision of the region. Also Read - Shah Faesal, 2 PDP Leaders to be Released Soon as J-K Administration Revokes Public Safety Act Against Them
Further, the IMD also decided to mention the weather forecasts for Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh under regional bulletin, instead of national.
“For a long time, IMD has been issuing severe weather forecast for Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal etc. We were mentioning this information in our national bulletin. For the past 2 days, we have started mentioning this information in our regional bulletin,” DG Mohapatra said.
Remarkably, the met department’s decision comes a day after Pakistan’s Supreme Court announced elections for Gilgit-Baltistan.