While one doesn’t really know for sure as to when might the relations between India and Pakistan get normal for the sheer amount of bitterness that exists between the two only seems to be getting worse, what’s known is that Pakistan thinks that India’s geographical make-up, as depicted in its latest map is false and misleading.
In case you are wondering how so or where this is coming from, then trust the breaking news!
In fact, the latest piece of news confirms that on Sunday, November 3, the Pakistani government completely rejected India’s political map and went to the extent of calling it ‘incorrect’ as well as ‘untenable.’
Now, one might not be too surprised by the nature of Pakistan’s dubbing of India’s (latest) political map for the simple reason that the entirety of the Kashmir region has been shown as India’s territory.
So here’s a bit of history as to what had happened.
On Saturday, November 2, India had released fresh maps of its newly created Union Territories, also known as UTs, for short. India’s political maps included the regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, and the maps of India that depicted these Union Territories.
Pakistan, soon as it came across India’s latest release, rejected it outrightly. It was clear that in the map, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is shown as the part of the newly-created Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, while Gilgit-Baltistan is depicted as the UT of Ladakh.
Thereafter, it didn’t take long for Pakistan to issue its official statement pertaining to the entire issue. Soon, one came across the official release from its Foreign Office.
It read, “(The political maps) displaying Jammu and Kashmir region and seeking to depict parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir within the territorial jurisdiction of India, are incorrect, legally untenable, void and in complete violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions”.
“Pakistan rejects these political maps, which are incompatible with the United Nations’ maps.”
That said, Pakistan expressed its rejected of the current status- as depicted in India’s political map- of Kashmir by stating the fact that no action that India does or did in the recent past can actually dispute the real status of the region of Jammu and Kashmir.
It tried to add further substance to its claim by stating that the same was also accepted by the United Nations.
On Thursday, the Indian government bifurcated the region of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. These are – the UT of J&K and the UT of Ladakh. This was done in accordance with the Indian government revoking the special status of the region under the Article 370.
Additionally, The Hindu quoted the following in its coverage of the report:
It said such measures by the Government of India cannot prejudice the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The Foreign Office said Pakistan would continue supporting the legitimate struggle of the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir for exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.