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Dawn newspaper reported that amendments would be introduced to give the region representation in Parliament, besides the establishment of the provincial assembly in the territory.
As many as 330 candidates, including four women, are contesting for 23 seats going up for grabs, according to polling officials.
In ‘Balochistan’, Francesca Marino writes that Pakistan is turning Gwadar and other coastal areas of Balochistan into a Chinese Kaliningrad.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, geography trumps politics. And China, India and Pakistan are in the new Great Game.
MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said such attempts are intended to camouflage illegal occupation and Pakistan cannot hide the grave human rights violations in these occupied territories.
The announcement comes amid massive protests in the country against Imran Khan's govt over the issue, including reports of Saudi Arabia removing the region from Pakistan's map.
The MEA said Pakistan has no locus standi on territories ‘illegally and forcibly occupied’ by it and asked to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.
The ‘inclusion’ of Gilgit-Baltistan into Pakistan legalises the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor activity in the region, and allows greater Chinese ingress.
Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, Ali Amin Gandapur Wednesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would soon visit the region and make the formal announcement.
Pakistan’s brash map-making, bereft as it is of any historical buttress, may just have given India an edge on its claims over Gilgit-Baltistan. Let the talks begin.
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