Will study Pakistan's plan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan 'fifth province': India

VK Singh said the External Affairs ministry would give its response after studying the matter in detail. Photograph:( Getty )

PTI New Delhi, India Mar 15, 2017, 10.21 PM (IST)

Retorting to the reports of Pakistan planning to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region as the fifth province, the Centre on Wednesday said that it will study the matter and then give a response.

Pakistan's four provinces include Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.

The Gilgit-Baltistan area is Pakistan's northernmost administrative territory that borders the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

However, India claims the Gilgit-Baltistan area as an integral part of its territory.

A committee headed by Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz recommended to grant the region a provincial status, Pakistani channel GeoNews had reported.

Minister of State for external affairs VK Singh told mediapersons, "We will study it, our MEA spokesperson will give the response."