Pakistan included parts of Gujarat and J&K in its new map; India hits back 


Pakistan has released a new “political map” by including regions of Jammu and Kashmir and Junagadh in Gujarat as a part of its territory on tuesday. The Pakistan cabinet has approved the map and their Prime Minister Imran Khan called it as ‘the most historic day in Pakistan’s history’. This new map also claims Siachen as a part of its territory, while the part of kashmir and Ladakh border with China was not included in the map and was described as frontier undecided. On August 5th of 2019, Indian government took the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The changes in the map came a day before the first anniversary of the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under “Article 370” and its converting them into Union territories. 

India has hit back by reacting sharply to this move. The Ministry of External Affairs has released an official statement saying, We have seen the so-called political map of Pakistan, “This is an exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian state of Gujarat and our union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh”. ‘These ridiculous assertions have neither legal validity nor international credibility’. In fact, this new effort only confirms the reality of Pakistan’s obsession with territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism. MEA added.

This is not the first instance where Pakistan has tried to portray Junagadh as part of its territory, the 2012 Atlas of Islamic Republic of Pakistan also showed Junagadh as a separate territory. Along with the changes, Pakistan had also extended the Line of Control to Karakoram Pass and the LoC has been marked by a red dotted line. The cabinet also approved the decision to rename a major road in Islamabad as Srinagar Highway. This once again revealed Pakistan’s cunning character to the world.

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