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India opposes move to change Gilgit-Baltistan legal status

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Thursday voiced strong opposition to Pakistan's reported move to declare as that country's fifth province.

"We have said that the entire state of and has been and will remain a part of India," External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar said in response to a question at a here.

"Any attempt by to change the legal status has no basis whatsoever," Kumar said.

"We call upon to vacate all occupied territories."

is a part of and Kashmir, but illegally occupied it after Partition in 1947.

later divided the region into two parts - Pakistan-occupied and

According to reports, Pakistan has approved a proposal to alter the region's status to that of an interim province in principle.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 23:22 IST