Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan order laughable; comments Sushma


NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Monday said Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan Order, 2018 is laughable.
Addressing the media on the occasion of completion of four years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, she said, “They tried to teach us history. Pakistan always distorts history and doesn’t believe in law.”
On Sunday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) 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 EAM said, in an official statement.
The ministry 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.”
Swaraj, in a stern message to Pakistan said, “We never said we aren’t ready for talks with Pakistan, but there is a caveat. Terror and talks cannot go together.”Referring to the Indian security personnel who had lost their lives in cross border firing, she said, “When our jawans are killed by Pakistanis on the border, dialogue (between India and Pakistan) makes no sense.”
Her address to the media came even as the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Chief Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman arrived in India for bilateral talks with the Indian counterpart director general Rear Admiral Rajendra Singh. Swaraj along with Minister of States V.K. Singh and M.J. Akbar released a book on the achievements of the MEA in the last four years.