India lodges strong protest with Pakistan over court order on Gilgit-Baltistan


India on Friday summoned the deputy high commissioner of Pakistan and lodged a strong protest on a recent order by Pakistan Supreme Court extending its jurisdiction over Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Pakistani official was conveyed that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which also includes the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’, “has been, is and shall remain an integral part of India”, the ministry of external affairs said. In an order, the Pakistan Supreme Court has said that its jurisdiction and power extend to Gilgit-Baltistan.

“The deputy high commissioner of Pakistan was summoned today and a strong protest was lodged on recent order by Supreme Court of Pakistan on the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ which is an interference in India’s internal affairs,” the MEA said.

It also said Pakistan was asked to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation. Read More

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