Pakistan recently released a new political map claiming the entire territory of Jammu & Kashmir, and part of Gujarat including the erstwhile state of Junagadh as part of its territory.
In recent times in the wake of the global pandemic when the whole world is fighting against the deadly virus in unison, our neighbours are in a race to occupy our territory. When India is all set to celebrate, the first anniversary of its decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on 5th August then our neighbour Pakistan a day before the anniversary has made a controversial change in their political map inviting arguments and disputes. This is the second such map revising territorial claims in the South Asian region. Before this, our neighbour in the north “Nepal” printed a political map showing the Kalapani region of Pithoragarh district as part of its sovereign territory.
During last one-year Pakistan has made numerous unsuccessfully attempt on trying to rally international support against India on the reorganization of J&K. China which is Pakistan’s all-weather ally too made several attempts to discuss the Kashmir issue in the UN Security Council using his veto power. However, these attempts proved futile and were rejected by other member nations of the UN. This newly-released grotesque map is very different from its old version various other territory has been added idiotically. In the early version of the map, the part of Kashmir and Ladakh border with China was not marked and it was described as “Frontier Undecided”. However, the recently released map clearly shows Pakistan frontier attached with India and the entire Kashmir region as its territory. The LOC had been extended to the Karakoram Pass, clearing depicting Siachen as part of Pakistan territory. The LoC had been marked by a red dotted line which means it is a part of their territory. The J&K had been described as “Disputed Territory” of which final status to be decided in line with relevant “UNSC resolutions”. Another big change in the map shows that the international borderlines which were previously along the western bank now lies along the eastern bank of Sir Creek. The map also shows the Federally Administered Tribal Areas as part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Pakistan has also shown the region of the erstwhile state of Junagadh as part of its territory though, this is not for the first time in the history before this in the year 2012 in the Atlas of Islamic Republic of Pakistan they portrayed Junagadh as a separate territory. The road previously known as Kashmir Highway has been renamed to a major road in Islamabad as Srinagar Highway.
Hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad released the new political map of his country saying it was approved by the federal Cabinet, India showed strong disapproval. Indian Ministry of External Affairs in a press statement while slamming Pakistan’s “so-called new political map” stated that this is an exercise of political absurdity, which lays untenable claims of Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. This illogical contention has neither legal validity nor international credibility.