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.
The spokesman said that the solution to the Kashmir issue was possible only through free and fair referendum.
It may be recalled that Prime Minister Imran Khan had also announced to make Gilgit-Baltistan the fifth province of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said that we are making Gilgit-Baltistan a province and this decision has been taken under the resolution of the UN Security Council.