Pakistan’s cartographic misadventure

The Pakistan cabinet on August 4 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. The map also claims Junagadh, Manavadar and Sir Creek in Gujarat as part of Pakistan.
The map has been released on the eve of the first anniversary of the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. The map also shows the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as being part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

This is not the first time Pakistan has tried to portray Junagadh as part of its territory. The 2012 Atlas of Pakistan also portrayed Junagadh as a Pakistan’s territory.

India has called Pakistan’s move as an exercise in political absurdity, which lays untenable claims to the Indian territories. These assertions have neither legal validity nor international credibility and it only confirms the reality of Pakistan’s obsession with territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism.

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