Pakistan rejects ‘political maps’ issued by India

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The new maps show the two UTs clearly demarcated, and while Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir's Muzaffarabad and Mirpur areas have been kept as part of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, Kargil and Gilgit and Baltistan have been shown as part of Ladakh UT.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and supervision of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the former state of Jammu & Kashmir has been reorganized as the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the new Union Territory of Ladakh on 31st October 2019, a statement by the government reads.

Pakistan on Sunday rejected the latest political maps issued by India, which showed the entire Kashmir region as its part, calling them "incorrect and legally untenable".

On the recommendation of Parliament, the President effectively dismantled Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.

In a statement, the Pakistan Foreign Office said, "We reject these political maps are these are incompatible with the UNSC resolutions".

From Thursday, most of Jammu and Kashmir - including a section of the disputed Kashmir Valley controlled by India - was stripped of its statehood and turned into one union territory.

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The statement further said that "no step by India can change the "disputed" status of Jammu and Kashmir recognised by the United Nations".

Pakistan and other countries, including China and Turkey, as well as the United Nations have raised concerns regarding India's decisions.

The Chinese foreign ministry strongly objected to New Delhi's move on Kashmir.

Deputy Spokesman of the United Nations chief Farhan Haq said High Commissioner for Human Rights has made it clear, the situation in Kashmir can only be solved with full respect for human rights.

As of today, the lockdown has been in place for more than 90 days. "These must be independently and impartially investigated", the United Nations human rights body had said, adding that torture is totally and unequivocally prohibited under worldwide laws. "Media outlets continue to face undue restrictions, with at least four local journalists allegedly arrested in the past three months".

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