India summons Pak envoy, protests against "Gilgit-Baltistan' order, POK power project

Published: Friday, September 11, 2009, 19:32 [IST]
 

New Delhi, Sep.11 (ANI): The Indian Government on Friday summoned the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan Riffat Masood and registered its strong protest against the Government of Pakistan's so called "Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance Order -2009" and its move to construct the Bunji Hydroelectric Project in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Insofar as the "Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance Order -2009 was concerned, the Indian Government charged Pakistan with denying basic democratic rights to the people in those parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir under its illegal occupation for the past six decades.

New Delhi told the Pakistani envoy that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947.

A government spokesman described the so called "Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance Order -2009" was yet another cosmetic exercise intended to camouflage Pakistan's illegal occupation of the region.

The Indian Government also lodged a protest today over the proposed construction of the Bunji Hydroelectric Project in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

The 7000 megawatt dam is being constructed at Bunji in the Astore district of the Gilgit-Baltistan area with the help of China.

An agreement was signed in August this year to activate construction of the project, one of the eight 7000 megawatt hydel projects to be constructed.

Earlier, India had registered a similar protest against the construction of the Neelum Jhelum and Bhasha Dam projects in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.(ANI)


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