A day after Pakistan "illegally" gave provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lashed out at Islamabad.

Rajnath took to Twitter to say, "Pakistan has illegally occupied Gilgit-Baltistan. Pakistan is going to make it a province now. Our government has clarified that Gilgit-Baltistan along with entire PoK is an integral part of India."

"We never wanted the Partition of India, but it happened. The minorities which were left in India, you know how they are treated. We brought a law for these persecuted minorities," he added.

Responding to Pakistan's latest provocative act, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had yesterday said in a statement: "The Government of India firmly rejects the attempt by Pakistan to bring material changes to a part of Indian territory, under its illegal and forcible occupation."

"I reiterate that the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the area of so-called 'Gilgit-Baltistan', are an integral part of India by virtue of the legal, complete and irrevocable accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India in 1947. The Government of Pakistan has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it," Anurag said.

"Instead of seeking to alter the status of these Indian territories, we call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation." he added.