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 - Cyclone Jawad To Weaken Into Deep Depression, Says IMD; Odisha, Andhra Begin Evacuation | Key Points
“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 - Cyclone Jawad: UGC-NET Exam Postponed In Odisha, Andhra; New Datesheet To Be Uploaded Later
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 - 'Gulaab Se Jyada, Titli Se Kam': How Strong is Cyclone Jawad? Here’s What IMD Says About Its Intensity
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.