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India releases new Map Shows Union Territories Of Jammu And Kashmir, Ladakh

New Delhi, Nov 3: Indian government has issued a notification showing the new political map of India detailing the boundaries of the newly created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. It asserted India’s claim to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).post-bifurcation, thus reiterating its sovereign rights over the disputed areas – Aksai Chin and Gilgit — controlled by China .

The two UTs came into existence on October 31, on the occasion of 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was behind the merger of over 560 princely states into the Union of India.

For the first time, the state has been downgraded from the status of the state to Union Territory and on August 5, Modi government in Parliament announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two UTs.

Singh tweeted the picture of the new map along with a caption that read: “New Map showing the Union Territories of #Jammu & #Kashmir and #Ladakh , as these exist after 31st October, 2019 (sic),” Singh posted along with the picture of the map.”

Girish Chandra Murmu, the former Union Expenditure Secretary, was sworn in as the first Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Radha Krishna Mathur, a former Defence Secretary, was sworn in as the first Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh.

Also according to the notification, in 1947 the former State of Jammu and Kashmir had the following 14 districts – Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.

Over 6000 people from Kashmir, political leaders including former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were put under detention.

But nothing has been done by the government to open the communication channels and the Kashmiris are being compelled to live under extreme restrictions with no mobile phone, internet. The entire communication has been blocked and the people are living under stress and the the government is indulging in ethnic cleansing as Kashmiris are suffering from mental distress.

Over 500 Indian academics and scientists have issued a statement demanding an end to the restriction on telecommunications and the internet in Kashmir, calling the move “deeply undemocratic”.

“We are writing to express our deep concern about the crisis in Kashmir that has now persisted for over a month, and which was precipitated by the government’s decision to de-operationalize Article 370 of the Constitution and to end Jammu and Kashmir’s full statehood,” the letter said.

Even the US, UN and several countries have demanded ease of restrictions but Indian government is behaving as if it appears to be taking revenge from the people of Muslims in Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits are also in favour of that.

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