India, Sept. 25 -- India on Thursday strongly opposed any move by Pakistan government to make Gilgit-Baltistan that country's fifth province, saying such an action will have "no legal basis whatsoever" since the region has been militarily occupied.

Pakistan's minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan affairs, Ali Amin Gandapur, recently spoke about official plans to make the region, a part of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, a full-fledged province with constitutional rights such as representation in both houses of parliament. The move comes ahead of the holding of local elections in Gilgit-Baltistan in November, and it reportedly has the backing of the powerful military establishment. Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-...