Govt releases new political map of India showing UTs of J&K, Ladakh

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The legislation divides the former state of Jammu-Kashmir into two federally governed territories.

Aksai Chin or the Shaksgam Valley is part of the Hunza-Gilgit region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, and is a disputed territory claimed by India but controlled by Pakistan. Pakistan, meanwhile, believes India's decision violates worldwide law and will even result in "ethnic cleansing". It will neither change the fact that the relevant region is under China's actual control nor produce any effect.

Holding added that the change in the status of Jammu and Kashmir was passed by 2/3rd majority in the Parliament which signifies that there was consensus and need for this reform.

Protesters were on the streets on the Pakistani side of the territory. This country has, of course, played a big part in making sure the voice of the Kashmiris is heard around the world, and such active diplomacy has certainly helped paint a true picture of what is happening in the troubled region.

In a gazette notification, the government also enumerated the territories in Leh district as: "Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilas, Tribal territory and Leh and Ladakh, except the present territory of Kargil". "There has been rapid progress in this area in the past few years with many outcomes".

"The Indian government officially announced the establishment of so called Jammu Kashmir territory and the Ladakh Union territory which included some of China's territory", said spokesman Geng Shuang.

China deplores and firmly opposes this.

India and China fought a war in 1962 and since then have been unable to resolve their border dispute.

New Delhi has refrained from any comment on China's policy in remote Xinjiang, refusing to join US -led calls that it stop detaining ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.

With Kashmir coming under stronger Indian grip, and domestic unrest brewing, Mr Khan is cutting a very lonely figure. A reply to its questions is to be handed over by the Indian government this week.

Deputy Ambassador Amit Kumar and other Indian diplomats have also met lawmakers and their senior staff, an Indian official told The Hindu. India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel.

For this, Kashmir's political space needs to be opened up and issues worked through - no matter how bitter and contentious it may be and even as the government maintains that violence and terrorism are not acceptable.

Speaking next to a colossal statue of independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in his home state of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed a "bright future" for the blood-soaked Himalayan region.

Panthers Party activists raise slogans during a protest and hunger strike against the scrapping of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the Jammu and Kashmir, in Jammu on Friday, November 1, 2019.

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