Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 4 unveiled a “new political map” of Pakistan in which occupied Kashmir was integrated in the country’s map for the very first time.
The government’s move comes a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial unilateral decision to revoke the area’s semi-autonomy.
Addressing the nation alongside Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the premier said that it would now be the “official map” after being approved by the federal cabinet, which had met earlier today, and would be the one used in schools and colleges.
The premier maintained that the Kashmir issue could only be solved by following the United Nations Security Council resolutions which clearly give the Kashmiri people the right to self-determination.
“Their right to self-determination, given to them by the world community, has still not be given to them. And we clearly want to say to the world that it is the only solution,” he said, adding that the government will keep making efforts for this.
Presenting the changes made in the map, the foreign minister said that administrative maps have been introduced before, but this was the first time that a map reflected the aspirations of the people.