New Delhi: India has lodged a strong protest against Pakistan Supreme Court’s order allowing the conduct of general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. Rejecting Islamabad actions and continued attempts to ‘bring material changes in Pakistan occupied areas of the Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) delivered a demarche to a senior Pakistan diplomat conveying that “the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India” by virtue of its fully legal and irrevocable accession. Also Read - 'Despite COVID, Delivery of Rafale Fighter Aircraft on Time': Rajnath After Speaking to French Counterpart
“India demarched senior Pakistan diplomat and lodged a strong protest to Pakistan against Supreme Court of Pakistan order on the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan. The government of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus standi on territories “illegally and forcibly” occupied by it.”, the MEA said in a statement. Also Read - Hypocrite Much? Twitterati Slams Indians Who Are Protesting George Floyd's Murder But Remain Silent on Violence at Home
Notably, the Pakistan Supreme Court, in a recent order,allowed the amendment to the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018 to conduct the general elections in the region. “Instead, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” it added. Also Read - COVID-19: Over 8,000 Cases For 3rd Day on Trot, India's Total Tally Nears 2 Lakh-Mark; Death Toll Stands at 5,598 | Key Points
The MEA said Pakistan’s recent actions can neither hide the “illegal occupation” of parts of union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by it nor the “grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom” to the people residing in these areas for the past seven decades.
(With agency inputs)