UK Parliament condemns Pakistan for declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as 5th province

A motion was passed in the British Parliament on March 23 condemning Islamabad's announcement declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province. It says the region is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. The motion, which was tabled and sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman, stated that Pakistan, by making such an announcement, is implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area. Taking a cue from the gross human rights violations in the region, the House observed that people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression.