India has lodged a robust protest with Islamabad against Pakistan Supreme Court’s order allowing general elections within the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” region and have asked it to right away vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.
MEA has said that it was conveyed that the whole Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which also included the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India by virtue of its irrevocable and fully legal accession.
The amendment to the government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018 was allowed last week by the Pakistani government to conduct the overall elections in September also as for fixing a caretaker government during the interregnum period.
India had made a “demarche”, says the ministry of external affairs (MEA). He further said that the formal diplomatic representations were made to a senior Pakistani diplomat to protest Pakistan’s efforts to bring “material change” in Pakistan-occupied territories.
The MEA said that the govt of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus standi on territories that are “illegally and forcibly” occupied by it.
The MEA has also stated that recent actions of Pakistan can neither hide the “illegal occupation” of parts of union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by it nor the important human rights violation or exploitation and denial of freedom, to the people who are residing in these areas for nearly past seven decades.
Such actions are completely rejected by India and continued attempts to bring material changes in areas of the Indian territory of Jammu & Kashmir occupied by Pakistan. Instead, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas that are under its illegal occupation, the MEA asserted.
India’s position within the matter is reflected within the resolution gone by Parliament in 1994 by consensus, it said.
The Central government has approached the Supreme court of Pakistan with the plea that the 2018 order has no provision for appointment of an interim setup and holding assembly elections. The last elections in 2015 were held under the Gilgit Baltistan Order of 2009.
The current term of the provincial government was scheduled to expire in June, with the present provisions providing a period of 60 days to carry an election.