The Government of Pakistan has denied that it is planning to merge Pakistan-occupied Kashmir with the rest of the country. The government said it is not mulling over any such proposal.
The clarification came amid reports in the local media about the same. Pakistan’s newspaper Dawn had reported that there had been speculation on the Pakistan-PoK merger for about six weeks now.
The speculation had started after it was reported that Mr. Farooq Haider Khan had been told he would be the last 'prime minister' of the PoK. According to Dawn, the speculation was fuelled by the move wherein one of the bureaucracy's service group was renamed by the government.
However, Foreign Office spokesperson, Ms. Aisha Farooqui, commented on the speculation: 'There is no such proposal under consideration.'
The official also denied that the Imran Khan government was planning to introduce new regulation to alter the status of Gilgit-Baltistan. 'It is media speculation. I do not wish to comment on it,' she told the media.