Pakistan’s new political map includes Indian-occupied Kashmir

PM Imran Khan unveils new ‘political map of Pakistan’

In a historic move, Prime Minister Imran Khan unveiled a “new political map” of Pakistan which also included occupied Kashmir.

The map integrated Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K). Pakistan’s new map also shows parts of Ladakh, Junagadh, Mavadar and Sir Creek as Pakistani territories.

The announcement came a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial unilateral decision to revoke Article 370 in August 2019 turned the disputed region into an “open-air prison”.

The map rejects the illegal steps taken by India on August 5 last year.

The premier maintained that the Kashmir issue could only be solved by following the United Nations Security Council resolutions which clearly give the Kashmiri people the right to self-determination.

“Their right to self-determination, given to them by the world community, has still not been given. And we clearly want to say to the world that it is the only solution,” he said.

“Pakistan has always thought Kashmir should be a part of the country,” he said, adding that this was a “first step” in that direction.

“We will do political struggle, we don’t believe in military solutions. We will remind the UN again and again that you had made a promise [to the people of Kashmir] which you did not fulfill.”

Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the new map reflected the aspirations of the people.

It had also been made clear that Siachen is a part of Pakistan. “[Through the map] we are challenging their illegal occupation and claiming our right to the area,” he said.

He added that Pakistan had also rejected India’s claims about Sir Creek in the map.

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