Pakistan summoned an official from the Indian High Commission on Friday and told him New Delhi had no "locus standi" to protest against either its recently announced package of measures for Gilgit-Baltistan or against the construction of a dam on its side of Kashmir.

Pakistan's protest came a few hours after India made its own two protests: the first, over the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009 as a "cosmetic exercise intended to camouflage Pakistan's illegal occupation" of parts of the Jammu and Kashmir State; and the second, against the construction of the Bunji dam in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

"No locus standi"

A statement from the Foreign Ministry said the Deputy High Commissioner of India, Rahul Kulshreshth, was called in "to emphasise that Pakistan rejects the Indian protest, as the Government of India has no locus standi in the matter. The Government of Pakistan also rejects the Indian claim that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan's position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is based on relevant UN resolutions."

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