NEW DELHI: India has decided to send a message to both Pakistan as well as China based on decisions by both Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and state broadcasters to focus on weather in PoK including Gilgit-Baltistan.
IMD has included the regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, which are under Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), as part of its Jammu and Kashmir meteorological sub-division.
With effect from on Friday, DD News and All India Radio will telecast/ broadcast temperatures and weather reports of Indian towns& cities including Mirpur, Muzzafarabad and Gilgit in their prime time news bulletins. DD News 8.55 am and 8.55 pm. Private channels, showing weather report, will follow soon, it has been decided.
This is a tactical message the Narendra Modi government is sending to Pakistan following the Handwara terror attack and the encounters after it. Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo was killed in a encounter in Pulwama Wednesday. The government has decided to act tough vis-a-vis Pakistan which has upped the ante against Indian interests in Afghanistan taking advantage of US decision to withdraw from the landlocked country, ET has reliably learnt.
The move is also a message to China which occupies a part of PoK and has made investments in PoK including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Several Indian protests to Beijing and Islamabad over the years have fallen on deaf ears, sources recalled. Over last few years Delhi also launched strong protests against CPEC as it violates India’s sovereignty.
India considers PoK as part of its own territory. However, Pakistan has been trying to separate Gilgit from PoK and, for all practical purposes, is treating Gilgit Baltistan as a separate province.
The revocation of Article 370 and Article 35a was a strategic move that is shaping geopolitics in South Asia. With the removal of Article 370, India has made Kashmir like any other state, and this makes India’s bonds with the now-union territory stronger.
Pakistan’s role in reviving terror and links between Afghan groups and Pak-based groups were conveyed to US Special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in no uncertain terms by India on Thursday, a senior source indicated to ET.
While the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has handled Covid with success, PoK has abysmal record. PoK residents have even appealed to India for ration last month.
Earlier this week India demarched a senior Pakistani diplomat and lodged a strong protest to Pakistan against Supreme Court of Pakistan order on the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan”
“It was clearly conveyed that the entire Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India by virtue of its fully legal and irrevocable accession. The Government of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it,” according to a MEA statement.
In a recent order, the Pakistan Supreme Court allowed the amendment to the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018 to conduct the general elections in the region.
India completely rejects such actions and continued attempts to bring material changes in Pakistan occupied areas of the Indian territory of Jammu & Kashmir. Instead, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation, the MEA asserted.