New Delhi: India on Tuesday reacted sharply to Pakistan’s move to seek UN intervention on a draft bill that imposes heavy fines on misrepresentation of Kashmir on the map of India.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup called the draft bill an “entirely internal legislative matter, since the whole of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.” He added that Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi on it.
“The government firmly rejects Pakistan’s repeated and increasing attempts to impose on the international community matters that India has always been open to address bilaterally with Pakistan,” he said in response to a question on the press release from Pakistan Foreign Office on India’s Geospatial Information Regulation Bill.
The draft Bill suggests that anyone distributing a map the Indian government deems to be “wrong”, could be liable for a billion-rupee fine and jail time. Through passage of this Bill, the Indian government would be able to penalise individuals and organisations “who depict Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions”.