India notwithstanding Pakistan General Elections in Gilgit-Baltistan

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India decided to deprecate Pakistan’s decision to hold general elections in the Gilgit-Baltistan’s region of Pakistan. On Thursday, India said any action taken to change the status quo of the militarily-occupied region has no legal basis. 

India retaliated to this decision later the reports came out saying that Islamabad has decided to hold general elections of the legislative assembly in Gilgit-Baltistan on 15th November this year. 

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava at a virtual press meet said,” Any action taken by Pakistan to change the status of the militarily occupied so-called Gilgit-Baltistan has no legal basis whatsoever and is void ab-initio”. 

Gilgit-Baltistan’s general elections were earlier scheduled for August 18, but the election commission later decided postponed the elections due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also said,” Our position has always been clear and consistent. The entire territories of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh have been and are an integral part of India and would remain so”.

Following the judgment, an Indian diplomat states the senior Pakistani diplomat in Delhi and filed a strong protest over the court’s judgment. The Ministry of External Affairs even said no Pakistan or its judiciary has any legal standing on the territories of Pakistan occupied regions of Jammu and Kashmir and further abandoned materialistic changes in Pakistan occupied regions. 

Earlier this year also, the Supreme Court of Pakistan allowed Islamabad to alter the 2018 administrative order to conduct legislative assembly general elections in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. The order of 2018, implemented for administrative changes along with empowering the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to legislate on subjects. 

Later, general elections would be held for 24 seats of the legislative assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan. 

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