- The new Pakistani map shows the whole of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, and parts of Gujarat as Pakistani.
- India rejected this new political map of Pakistan, and said that it has neither legal validity nor any credibility at the international level.
- Reaction was mixed in Pakistan itself.
First Nepal, and now Pakistan, has released a new political map “drawing the ire of India.” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday released this new map and described it as a historic day. He took the step a day before the first anniversary of India ending the special status for Jammu and Kashmir.
The new Pakistani map shows the whole of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, and parts of Gujarat as Pakistani. A year ago, the Indian Parliament divided Jammu and Kashmir in to two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
What could be the motive behind the release of new political maps by Pakistan and Nepal? Is India intended to provoke this? And, if so, is it happening at the behest of anyone?
In this regard, Pakistan Affairs Expert, Rizaul Hasan Laskar says that Pakistan and Nepal have different objectives. He says:
“It seems that the new map of Nepal is a counter-move against India’s previous map, which has been raised even in the absence of an opportunity to solve this problem through dialogue.”
“Pakistan is Harming the Real Issue of Kashmir”
Commenting on the new map of Pakistan, Laskar adds:
“In the case of Pakistan, the thinking of the Pakistani leadership here seems disorganized. The inclusion of Junagadh is surprising because it has not been in Pakistan’s official agenda for decades. On the other hand, by not including Ladakh in the map, it makes sense that Pakistan does not want to annoy China.”
On this issue, Professor of Indian origin in Sweden, Ashok Sven, says:
“This new map of Pakistan is an attempt to open many fronts against India. China’s open support on the Kashmir issue has strengthened the position of Pakistan and the balance of power in India has been away from.”
But he criticizes the government of Pakistan, saying that Pakistan is making Kashmir a regional issue by not making it a human rights issue, which is causing the real issue of Kashmir.
Regarding the release of the new map by Nepal a month ago, Professor Sven says, “India has rejected the new map of Nepal. Nobody expected India to accept it.”
Some analysts say that on the first anniversary of the abolition of Article 370, Imran Khan wanted to show to the Pakistani public that his government is under pressure on India. Senior political analyst Naresh Jain says, “This is just a ploy to show the Pakistani people that their government has made some progress on India’s repeal of Article 370.”
Sushant Sarin, an Indian analyst with a keen eye on Pakistani politics, says that Pakistan should keep imagining. He said in the style of Tanz, “There should be no limit to imagination. It is a strange map of a strange country which issues a new political map which has no boundaries.”
India rejected this new political map of Pakistan, and said that it has neither legal validity nor any credibility at the international level.
Pakistan’s Intellectuals Also Disagree with the Map
There have been mixed reactions to this new map in Pakistan itself. On social media, some people have called this step of the Pakistani government a “masterstroke,” while many others described it as a “childish act” of the Pakistani government.
Intellectuals of Pakistan also appear to disagree with the government of Pakistan on this issue. Speaking to reporters, Shabbir Ahmad Khan, Professor of Political Science at Punjab University in Pakistan, said that the motive behind the release of the map is Pakistan’s “shameful and childish” act.
He said, “Pakistan used to show the Line of Control (LoC) on the map to show Kashmir under its control. We decided to remove it too, so it was removed.”