Pak rejects move

Pak rejects move

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday rejected India’s move to begin broadcasting weather reports on Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), terming it as a “legally void” action to change the status of the region.

State-owned broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio from Friday began broadcasting weather reports on Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit in PoK in their prime-time news bulletins.

Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement that like the so-called political maps issued last year by India, this move is also legally void, contrary to reality, and in violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.

India in November last released fresh maps showing PaK as part of Jammu and Kashmir, while Gilgit-Baltistan is in the UT of Ladakh following the bifurcation.

This is another mischievous Indian action in support of a spurious claim and further evidence of India’s irresponsible behaviour, it said.

The FO also said that no illegal and unilateral steps by India can change the status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Such moves by the Government of India cannot prejudice the inalienable right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people, it said.

Pakistan would urge India not to make baseless assertions and to abstain from misleading the world community through unfounded claims, according to the statement.

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