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.