Royal Oak Tribune

PM angers India with plan to change Kashmir status


ISLAMABAD » Pakistan’s prime minister has rekindled controvers­y with archrival India this week by pledging to make part of the Pakistani-administer­ed Himalayan region of Kashmir officially part his country. Imran Khan’s pledge to declare the area of Gilgit-Baltistan the fifth province of Pakistan promptly angered neighborin­g India, which itself last year revoked decadesold semi-autonomous status for the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir.

At the time, New Delhi divided the Muslim-majority region into two federally governed territorie­s — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — touching off anger on both sides of the frontier. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government also annulled the region’s separate constituti­on.

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