The war of words between India and Pakistan over Gilgit-Baltistan has heated up at a time of heightened tensions on the LAC amid calls in New Delhi to move beyond mere statements. Pakistan plans to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan next month, which India has opposed saying that it’s a part of India and that Islamabad must return the area.
The region is also an issue of dispute with China which has built the Karakoram highway that allows Pakistan to easily access military supplies via land. The highway and Pakistani occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan denies India land access Central Asia. India, seriously viewing the impending elections, had called in a Pakistani diplomat to protest against the Pakistan Supreme Court’s order in “Gilgit-Baltistan”.
Recently, National Security Advisory Board member Tilak Devasher urged New Delhi to move beyond the cosmetic exercise of including Gilgit-Baltistan in its weather bulletin. — TNS
Area part of India, wants it to be returned by Islamabad.
Also an issue of dispute with China which has built highway.
Karakoram highway allows Pak to easily access military supplies via land.
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