Pakistan Claims All Of Kashmir In New Map, Connects Line of Control with China’s border
Pakistan claims all of Kashmir in new map, connects Line of Control with China’s border. New Delhi slammed the move as ‘an exercise in political absurdity’, saying these ridiculous assertions have no legal validity, learned citing scmp.
The Pakistan government on Tuesday unveiled the country’s new political map underlining the disputed status of the Kashmir region also claimed by India.
Prime Minister Imran Khan introduced the new map after its approval by the Cabinet and endorsement by opposition parties.The map was launched a day before Pakistan observes the first anniversary of the annexation by India of the portion of Kashmir governed by New Delhi.
Khan said the new map is the first step toward the resolution of the long-standing Kashmir dispute with India, and emphasised that Pakistan believes in a political solution.
Pakistan Minister On Pakistan Map
“This political map of Pakistan, which we are unveiling to the world, firstly represents the desires of the Pakistani people, and the principled stance of the people of Kashmir, and rejects the illegal step India took on August 5 last year,” he said.Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the new map reflects Pakistan’s position on the dispute.
The disputed territory is shown in green colour on the map, in which the Line of Control demarcation has been connected with the Chinese border to assert Pakistan’s claim to the Siachen Glacier. The map also reflects Pakistan’s position on Sir Creek, a separate maritime boundary dispute with India.
Qureshi said Pakistan is, through the map, challenging India’s illegal occupation of Kashmir and asserting its right.
The issuance of Pakistan’s political map appears to be in response to India doing the same on October 31 last year following the bifurcation of annexed Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
India’s map had included Pakistani-administered areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir as well as Gilgit-Baltistan as its own.”
India’s Ministry of External Affairs issued a press statement from New Delhi rejecting Pakistan’s map as “an exercise in political absurdity.” It said Pakistan was using the map to lay untenable claims to territories in the Indian state of Gujarat and its Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and of Ladakh.
“These ridiculous assertions have neither legal validity nor international credibility. In fact, this new effort only confirms reality of Pakistan’s obsession with territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism,” it added.
India and Pakistan have hotly contested Kashmir since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, which led to the formation of these two states.
The dispute, which has been on the UN Security Council agenda for nearly 72 years, took a new turn on August 5, 2019, when New Delhi unilaterally stripped the region of the special status it enjoyed under the Indian Constitution by revoking Articles 370 and 35A.
The now-revoked Article 370 had provided for the autonomy of the contested region by exempting it from the application of the Indian Constitution and authorising it to make its own. Article 35A, meanwhile, provided special rights and privileges to the indigenous Kashmiris.
The revocation of the two articles was resented by the Kashmiris and Pakistan. The move heightened tensions between the two sides, which immediately afterward lowered the status of their diplomatic ties, sending back each other’s envoys.
The two countries have since then not been able to overcome the resulting diplomatic impasse.
New Delhi claims that it annexed Kashmir to bring peace and investment to a region that suffered from unrest and separatism.
On Wednesday, thousands of people in Pakistan rallied in major cities, with political leaders, trade unions, councils for lawyers and rights activists condemning what they called a “repressive Indian decision.”
President Arif Alvi and Foreign Minister Qureshi led the biggest rally in the capital Islamabad where protesters chanted anti-India slogans and called on the global powers to intervene.
Masood Khan, president of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, told Kyodo while explaining the implication of the Indian action, “since 1947 the issue of Jammu and Kashmir has been before the UN
Security Council and everybody believed that it was a disputed territory and India also maintained that semblance of disputed state till last year.”
“By rescinding Articles 370 and 35A, India took away all the emblems of autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir and they did this without the consent of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. There was not even a pretence of consulting the people,” he added.
A year on, the situation with Kashmir remains tense and its people’s plight has been aggravated by continuing restrictions on movement and on internet and telephone connections. Many people arrested by Indian authorities last year to pre-empt protests at the time of annexation remain in jails.
Besides Pakistan, voices from within India have also criticised last year’s action as they say that it did not change anything and unnecessarily internationalised the dispute.