PAK PRO­VOKES, IN­DIA HITS BACK

In­dia and Pak­istan are locked in a fresh tug of war over a new “po­lit­i­cal map” re­leased by Islamabad

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram -

THE TRIG­GER

At a meet­ing at­tended by his cab­i­net and se­nior of­fi­cials, Im­ran Khan makes public a con­tro­ver­sial map claim­ing the Union Ter­ri­to­ries of J&K and Ladakh, and parts of Gu­jarat. He says the move is the first step to­wards a po­lit­i­cal strug­gle to achieve the right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion for the Kash­miri peo­ple

“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 ag­gran­dis­e­ment sup­ported by cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism” — MEA state­ment

TER­RI­TO­RIAL CLAIM

the Pak­istan’s map in­cludes it as whole of J&K, de­scribes Jammu “In­dian il­le­gally oc­cu­pied and Kash­mir” and a “dis­puted ter­ri­tory”

The bound­ary of Hi­machal Pradesh is de­picted as the in­ter­na­tional bor­der

In a nod to China’s sen­si­tiv­i­ties, the the map does not de­pict Ladakh re­gion, with a le­gend stat­ing “fron­tier un­de­fined”

The map also de­picts Ju­na­gadh in Gu­jarat as part of Pak­istan

THE BACK­LASH

In­dia calls the move “an ex­er­cise in po­lit­i­cal ab­sur­dity”, while re­ject­ing Pak­istan’s “un­ten­able claims”

Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan.

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