Pakistan approves new map claiming Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh as its own, Imran Khan calls it ‘historic day’

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (Photo: Reuters). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

ISLAMABAD, Aug 4, 2020, India Today. The Pakistan cabinet has approved a new political map which includes territories of Jammu and Kashmir and a part of Ladakh. The new political map claims these territories as belonging to Pakistan, India Today reported.

The map was launched a day before the one-year anniversary of the Indian government’s decision to revoke Article 370 which gave special powers to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Unveiling the new map on Tuesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that it “represents the ambition of the people of Pakistan.”

“This is the most historic day in Pakistan’s history,” he said while addressing a news conference after chairing the meeting of the federal cabinet.

“Today is a historic day we have launched a new political map of Pakistan which is as per the aspirations of the entire nation as well as the people of Kashmir,” he added.

Till now, Pakistan has resisted calling the all areas of PoK as a part of its territory officially. While it treats Gilgil-Baltistan as its territory, it calls the rest ‘Azad Kashmir’.

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