Won’t let go of PoK, including Gilgit-Baltistan, says Government


New Delhi: India on Wednesday reiterated its claim over territories of Jammu and Kashmir under Pakistani occupation amid reports that Islamabad was planning to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as a new province.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asserted in the Lok Sabha that it was incorrect to assume that India would let go of any part of its territory as the government was bound by a resolution in Parliament.

She made her statement after BJD leader Bhartuhari Mahtab wondered if the government has even properly responded to Pakistan’s move to make Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province.

Noting that some western countries had criticized it, he asked, “What is our Government’s response?”

The Foreign Minister noted that both Houses had passed resolutions that had reiterated india’s claim over POK and Gilgit-Baltistan.

She also said that BJP’s inspiration stemmed for the party’s ideologue and Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee had sacrificed for the cause, to establish Kashmir as an integral part of the country.



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