"China has not succeeded in its aim of coercing India in Ladakh. With war not an option, a face saving exit was in the making. The thought process in the making of Chinese strategy also probably had a spin off effect on Pakistan."
Gilgit Baltistan's large frontage with Kashmir and Ladakh across Kargil and the Siachen glacier gives Pakistan and China the perceived scope for conduct of collusive operations against India and wrest control of the major course of the Indus and Shyok.
Pakistan perceives that if it had declared Gilgit-Baltistan, PoK or both, which are only a part of the territories of J&K, as legitimate provinces of Pakistan, it would weaken its case for the entire J&K and lead to legal complications.
"Making sense of China’s actions is a challenge at most times with it being master of deception and the art of indirect assault. Thus far it has chosen to calibrate through hybrid coercion against India. Indian pushback too has been cautious but mature."
"There are complex factors at play in this long developing narrative between India and China which witnesses high notes of potential peace when political leaders meet at informal summits and war drums when the armies clash at the heights along the Line of Actual Control ."