Pak's plan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as fifth province unacceptable

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The move may raise concerns in India as the disputed region borders Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

India has fervently maintained that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which includes areas now under Pakistan occupation, is an integral part of the Union of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helping gesture towards Pakistan via sharing of waterways could be witness a complete U-turn after the diplomatic relations between the South Asian neighbours fell to an all-time low courtesy Pakistan-based militant outfits carrying out a series of heinous terror attacks on Indian Army and Paramilitary troops in the Kashmir valley previous year. "It will also not be able to hide the tremendous and very concerning human rights violation and denial of freedom that has been going in those parts under Pakistan's control for the last 70 years", Baglay told the media in Delhi. Then Indian foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup had said India was "concerned" by Pakistani attempts to "absorb these territories".

Responding to questions at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan wants a sustainable dialogue, which is not disrupted on flimsy grounds.

India has reacted strongly to reports in the Pakistani press that the neighbouring country is planning to designate Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province.

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The Indian diplomat said Pakistan was misusing the council's platform to make fallacious references about India's "internal matters" pertaining to Occupied Kashmir.

Gilgit-Baltistan is treated as a separate geographical entity by Pakistan.

"We are concerned at the continued efforts by Pakistan to deny the people of the region their political rights, and the efforts being made to absorb these territories", Vikas Swarup, then-spokesperson of the MEA had said, articulating India's opposition to the move.

Earlier, Baloch political and human rights activists demanded a special rapporteur in the United Nations to probe gross human rights violations in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

Khan said that terrorists, who have killed thousands of innocent people of Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan (PoGB), have not been brought to justice to this day.

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