On the 4th of August 2020, Tuesday, that is the eve of the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, a move that stripped the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has released a new political map, making sovereign claims on the entire Jammu and Kashmir and the erstwhile princely state of Junagadh in Gujarat.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan unveiled the “new political map” that instigated many Indians as this political map marks Indian territories like Jammu and Kashmir and Junagadh as a part of Pakistan.
The government of Pakistan took to social media and tweeted about the new political map from their official Twitter handle. The tweet read, “Political Map of Pakistan unveiled by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Just within a few hours of this tweet, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that it had noted the “so-called “political map” of Pakistan that has been released by Prime Minister Imran Khan”.
They later made a statement and said, “This is an exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian State of Gujarat and our Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and of Ladakh.”
The Ministry of External Affairs further added, “In fact, this new effort only confirms the reality of Pakistan’s obsession with territorial aggrandizement supported by cross-border terrorism”.
As per the Pakistani media, Tribune, Imran Khan called the unveiling of the new map, a historical day as it was the first time ever that Kashmir was entirely marked as their territory.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that plebiscite should be held in the Kashmir region under the watch of the UN to determine the future of the disputed territory.