India summons Pak diplomat over GB order

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NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High commissioner Syed Haider Shah and lodged a protest against Pakistan’s so-called “Gilgit Baltistan Order 2018”.
“The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir which also includes the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ areas is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947. Any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan has no legal basis whatsoever, and is completely unacceptable.
Instead of seeking to alter the status of the occupied territories, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” the MEA said, in an official statement.
The MEA further said that the action could not “hide the illegal occupation of the part of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pakistan occupied territories for the past seven decades.”