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News @ 3 – 14th June 2018

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday rejected the Indian protest over the Constitutional amendment in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Interim Constitution (13th Amendment) Act 2018 and its claim over Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Government of Pakistan categorically rejects India’s protest against the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Interim Constitution (13th Amendment) Act 2018 and its fallacious and baseless claim over the Indian occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir as an ‘integral part’ of India,” the Foreign Office said.

“The Indian claim has no legal basis and continues to be contradicted by the situation on ground over the last seven decades,” Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.

A joint sitting of the Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council, earlier this month, approved the much – awaited 13th amendment in the Constitution of AJK, securing more empowerment for the State Government. Under the amended Constitution most of powers earlier exercised by the AJK council have been transferred to the AJK Legislative Assembly and the government leaving the Kashmir Council to function as an advisory body.

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