The discharge of a brand new “political map” by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan – which incorporates Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and elements of western Gujarat as a part of Pakistani territory – has drawn a pointy response from the federal government.
Describing it as “political absurdity” and a “ridiculous assertion”, New Delhi tore into the claims, which come on the eve of the primary anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 and the splitting of J&Okay into two union territories.
“Now we have seen a so-called “political map” of Pakistan that has been launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan. That is an train in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories within the Indian state of Gujarat and our Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and of Ladakh,” the federal government stated.
“These ridiculous assertions have neither authorized validity nor worldwide credibility. The truth is, this new effort solely confirms the truth of Pakistan’s obsession with territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism,” its response added.
Earlier in the present day, the Pakistan Prime Minister unveiled the map that, he claimed, negated India’s “unlawful motion of August final 12 months” – a reference to the withdrawal of particular privileges to J&Okay underneath Article 370.
He additionally claimed the map had been endorsed by Pakistan’s cupboard, was backed by its political management and can be utilized in faculties.
Mr Khan additionally stated Pakistan would proceed diplomatic efforts to resolve long-standing border disputes with India.
After the fear assault in J&Okay’s Pulwama district final 12 months, by which 40 CRPF troopers died, India had retaliated by launching strikes at terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot.
Pakistan then repeatedly sought to lift the Jammu and Kashmir and Article 370 points on the worldwide discussion board, however failed to seek out help.
On the insistence of China, Pakistan’s all-weather ally, the United Nations held a closed-door assembly on Article 370 in August final 12 months. The worldwide physique refused to censure India, agreeing that J&Okay was an inside subject.
Apart from China, the 4 different everlasting members of the UN Safety Council – France, Russia, the US and the UK – have constantly backed New Delhi’s place that disputes between India and Pakistan are bilateral issues.
Pakistan’s a number of efforts to provoke dialogue with India additionally fell flat, with New Delhi sustaining that terror and talks can’t go hand-in-hand.
India has additionally identified that Pakistan remains to be on the Gray Listing of the Monetary Motion Activity Pressure (FATF), after it failed to satisfy the worldwide terror financing watchdog’s deadline to cease funding of terror outfits working from its soil.
Early final month, throughout a United Nations digital occasion on counter-terrorism, India referred to as on Pakistan to “introspect why it’s universally acknowledged because the worldwide epicentre of terrorism”.
A two-day curfew has, in the meantime, been introduced within the Kashmir Valley for Tuesday and Wednesday. Within the order, the Srinagar district Justice of the Peace stated the administration had details about “separatists and Pakistan-sponsored teams planning to watch August 5 as Black Day”.