India hits back at new Pakistan map: ‘An exercise in political absurdity’

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Just before the primary commemoration of the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and its bifurcation into Union regions, Pakistan on Tuesday discharged another political map which delineates J&K as a contested domain, and claims the areas of Sir Creek and the past province of Junagadh in Gujarat as a major aspect of its region. Responding forcefully to the move, India considered it an “activity in political absurdity”.

“We have seen a purported political map of Pakistan that has been released by Prime Minister Imran Khan. This is an activity in political ludicrousness, laying illogical claims to regions in the Indian State of Gujarat and our Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and of Ladakh. These ridiculous attestations have neither legitimate validity nor worldwide credibility. Truth be told, this new exertion just affirms the truth of Pakistan’s fixation on regional glorification bolstered by cross-outskirt psychological oppression,” the MEA said in an official proclamation. The map was disclosed by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who asserted that it nullifies India’s “illicit activity” of August 5, and that it had been supported by the federal cabinet. This map will currently be formally utilized in Pakistan’s educational program, Khan said.

The map portrays the entirety of Jammu and Kashmir as a contested region while additionally fusing Siachen as a part of Pakistan. It doesn’t show any borders in the east of Kashmir, where China illicitly involved Aksai Chin. It likewise joins Sir Creek into the Pakistani region just as parts of the past august territory of Junagadh. 
The map likewise shows the Federally Administered Tribal Areas as being a part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa territory.

The Pakistan bureau likewise affirmed the choice to rename a significant street in Islamabad as Srinagar Highway. The street was recently called Kashmir Highway. 
This isn’t the first run through Pakistan has attempted to depict Junagadh as a part of its region. The 2012 Atlas of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan additionally depicted Junagadh as a different region.