JAMMU, May 28: Union Minister of State in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that the Islamabad’s latest order on Gilgit-Baltistan was in violation of Pakistan’s own Constitution, which declares the region as disputed territory.
“Unlike Muzaffarabad and other areas of Pak occupied Jammu Kashmir, which Pakistan claims to be its territory, Gilgit-Baltistan has the status of disputed region in Pakistan’s Constitution and by replacing 2009 Order by Order 2018, Pak Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi has violated provision of his own country’s Constitution,” he said while talking to media persons on sidelines of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to CSIR-IIIM Jammu, here today.
The Union Minister reiterated Government of India’s stand that entire Jammu and Kashmir, including Pak occupied territory comprising Gilgit-Baltistan also, was an integral part of India as per resolution of the Parliament.
“The Government of India has lodged a strong protest over Islamabad’s latest move relating to administrative authority over Gilgit-Baltistan region and any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under its forcibly and illegal occupation has no legal basis,” Dr Jitendra Singh added.
The Union Minister also conveyed his moral support to the locals of Gilgit-Baltistan, who are protesting against the Pakistan Government’s latest move and demanding Constitutional rights for the region.