ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhry has said that Gilgit-Baltistan would be granted status of fifth province with consensus of all stakeholders.
“The people of Gilgit Baltistan have equal rights of citizenship and granting status of province to GB will bring the people of the area into main stream,” he said while talking to a local news channel.
On the other hand, Pakistan vehemently rejected the Indian Foreign Ministry’s statement on Gilgit-Baltistan, calling it irresponsible and baseless.
A Foreign Office spokesman said there was no justification for India’s interference in the Gilgit-Baltistan issue. Interim reforms have been made keeping in view the aspirations of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to the Foreign Office, the Modi government should fulfill its international obligations by giving Kashmiris the right to self-determination. India has been illegally occupying parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir for 73 years.
Spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that false Indian claims could not change the facts nor could such statements divert international attention from the worst atrocities in occupied Kashmir.