Peace and Security

‘New political map of Pakistan’ unveiled by PM Imran Khan includes Indian occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday announced the approval of new political map of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which also includes Indian occupied Kashmir.

The approval was given by Imran Khan in a Cabinet meeting earlier today and participants were apprised of the latest situation in the occupied Muslim-majority region.

PM Imran Khan while speaking during a live televised address to the nation, shared  the details of the decisions made in the Cabinet meeting. “Today is the most important day in the history that we are presenting a new political map of Pakistan before the world,” he said.

“The cabinet has approved the map,” he said, adding that the Kashmiri and national leadership has also green-signalled it. The new map would now be used in school and colleges as well, the premier added.

The final status of “Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir” was to be decided in line with the relevant UNSC resolution, read the map.

The premier maintained that the Kashmir issue could only be solved by following the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions which 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, adding that the government will keep making efforts in this regard.

‘Rejects India’s tactics’

The map rejects the illegal steps taken by India on August 5 last year, says Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood. The federal cabinet and the country’s political leadership had supported it, FM added.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi explained the changes made in the new map, saying it reflected the will and aspirations of the people of Pakistan.

“Pakistan has made it clear today that we reject India’s tactics and that Islamabad is ready for a peaceful solution to the disputed territories — Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir,” he said.

“The first thing that this map clears is that the solution to Kashmir will stem from the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution [of 1948], which has been printed on the map.

“The second point it clears is that the Siachin is ours and it shall remain that way,” he added.

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