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Shaksgam Valley of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir



Source: Th

 Context: India protests Chinese road construction in the Shaksgam Valley of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, claiming it as part of its territory and raising concerns over territorial integrity

India has never accepted the 1963 China-Pakistan Boundary Agreement and protests against any attempts to alter the situation.


Shaksgam Valley (also called Trans-Karakoram Tract) is an area of about 5,200 km2 north of the Karakoram watershed, administered by China, but claimed by India. While under Pakistan’s control since 1947, Pakistan recognized Chinese sovereignty over it in the 1963 Sino-Pakistan Agreement. India disputes this claim, asserting it is part of the Kashmir region. The Shaksgam Valley is strategically important due to its proximity to the Siachen glacier, a critical area amidst India-China tensions.