Saudi Arabia has removed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan from Pakistan’s map.
According to reports, Saudi Arabia released a 20 Riyal banknote to mark its presidency of the G-20 summit in November. The reports added, the world map displayed on the banknote does not show Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK as parts of Pakistan.
Pakistan’s ties with its close ally Saudi Arabia have been strained over the past couple of years, especially following the Kingdom’s lukewarm response to India scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special powers to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Since Narendra Modi became India’s Prime Minister, the country’s foreign policy has witnessed a paradigm shift with special focus on countries in West Asia. As a result, India’s relations with Saudi Arabia and other nations have reached new heights.
Media reports say Saudi Arabia’s step is nothing short of an attempt to disgrace Pakistan, which also seems to be “adapting to its new bloc”.
The Indian external affairs ministry in September stated they have seen reports regarding elections to the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” Assembly to be held on November 15 and took a strong objection to it.
The MEA said: “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 Imran Khan government had released a new political map of Pakistan on the first anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 that claimed Indian territories of Junagadh, Sir Creek and Manavadar in Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and a part of Ladakh.