Royal snub: Saudi Arabia removes Gilgit-Baltistan from Pakistan’s map
In removing Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan from Pakistan’s map, Saudi Arabia seems to have rubbed its prime minister Imran Khan’s nose on the ground.
Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) activist Amjad Ayub Mirza confirmed the same on Wednesday through the tweet.
"Saudi Arab removes Pakistani occupied Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan from Pakistan's map!!!!," he tweeted.
Along with this he also tweeted another picture which was captioned "Saudi Arabia's Diwali gift to India-- removes Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from Pakistan's map,"
Official sources said that on October 24, Saudi Arabia released a 20 Riyal banknote to commemorate its Presidency of organizing the G-20 summit on November 21-22, 2020. But surprisingly, the backside of the note does not show Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir as part of Pakistan.
The Ministry of External Affairs earlier stated that they have seen reports regarding elections in Gilgit- Baltistan Assembly to be held on November 15 and had strongly criticized the move.
"The Government of India conveyed strong protest to Pakistan Government and reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the so-called Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India," the MEA stated.
This move by the Islamic Kingdom is a hard slap on Pakistan’s face which has released the country’s new political map on August 5, 2020, one year after the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, claiming Indian territories of Junagadh, Sir Creek, and Manavadar in Gujarat, of Jammu and Kashmir and a part of Ladakh. This short attempt of disgrace to Pakistan has added more salt to their wounds.
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