Pakistan rejected on Monday India's "baseless and fallacious" contention against the recent Supreme Court verdict regarding the upcoming elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to the Foreign Office, a senior Indian diplomat was summoned to convey Pakistan's rejection of India's reservations on the issue.
Through the démarche, "it was clearly conveyed that the Indian claim over the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir as an 'integral part' of India had no legal basis whatsoever," read the statement issued by the FO.
Pakistan maintained that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is a “disputed” territory and is recognised as such by the international community.
The dispute, which is the longest outstanding item on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), stemmed from India's forcible and illegal occupation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 in violation of international law and the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was made explicit that no subsequent "illegal and unilateral Indian actions could or have altered the status of Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory".
The FO underscored that the only resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was the faithful implementation of the relevant UNSC Resolutions that recognise the inalienable right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination through the democratic method of free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices.
Pending the resolution of the dispute, any unilateral Indian actions in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir were illegal, stated the FO.
In this regard, it was reiterated that India's unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, and subsequent attempts to alter the demographic structure of the occupied valley, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, were illegal and in violation of the UNSC Resolutions.
The FO further emphasised that "the baseless Indian contention" over Gilgit-Baltistan could not detract from the atrocities committed by Indian forces against the Kashmiri people in the Indian-occupied territory.
The office demanded India to "immediately reverse all of its illegal actions in IOJ&K, including ending the illegal occupation of the territory, and let the people of Jammu and Kashmir exercise their right to self-determination as enshrined in the UNSC Resolutions".
Reiterating Pakistan’s condemnation of the continuing grave human rights violations by India in occupied Kashmir, India was called upon to "lift restrictions and the communication blackout, release illegally detained Kashmiri youth and incarcerated Kashmiri leadership, and withdraw draconian laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) in IOJ&K".
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