Pakistan unveils new political map that includes parts of India; New Delhi calls it an 'exercise in political absurdity'

Published On: August 4, 2020 09:48 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Pakistan on Tuesday unveiled a new political map that shows Jammu and Kashmir and Junagadh in Gujarat, India as its territories. 

In a televised address to the nation shortly after unveiling the new map, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said the new map negates India’s "occupational illegal action" of August 5 last year. Prime Minister Khan also said that the new map supports the principled stance of the people of Pakistan as well as the India occupied Jammu and Kashmir about the Kashmir issue, according to Pakistan media reports.

Prime Minister Khan announced that the new map, which has been endorsed by the Federal Cabinet in the country, will henceforth be used in the curriculum.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the new map clearly shows Kashmir as a disputed territory, which is required to be resolved under the UN resolutions and as per aspirations of the people of India 'occupied' Jammu and Kashmir. 

The new map shows Siachen and Sir Creek now in control of India as parts of Pakistan. The map also shows that erstwhile FATA areas as a part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

However, India has strongly protested against the decision of Pakistan to unveil the new political map, terming it as an ‘exercise in political absurdity.”

''We've seen a so-called "political map" of Pakistan that has been released by PM Imran Khan. This is an exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian state of Gujarat and our union territories of Jammu Kashmir and of Ladakh,'' Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a brief statement on Tuesday evening.

'These ridiculous assertions have neither legal validity nor international credibility. In fact, this new effort only confirms the reality of Pakistan's obsession with territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism,'' the MEA further said in the statement.


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