Pakistan’s New Map Claiming All of J&K, Junagadh; ‘An Exercise in Political Absurdity’ India Responded to Pakistan’s move
Pakistan on Tuesday issued a new map showing all of Kashmir as part of its territory. The map includes not just parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh but also Junagarh in Gujarat. This move came on the eve of the anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 and in a bid to further internationalize the issue of Kashmir.
India dismissed Pakistan’s move as “an exercise in political absurdity”, saying it was laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian state of Gujarat and “our Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and of Ladakh”. The statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) further said “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 aggrandizement supported by cross-border terrorism,” it added.
Earlier today, the Pakistan Prime Minister unveiled the map that, he claimed, negated India’s “illegal action of August last year” – a reference to the withdrawal of special privileges to J&K under Article 370.
He also claimed the map had been endorsed by Pakistan’s cabinet, was backed by its political leadership, and would be used in schools.