New Delhi: The Indian external affairs ministry on Tuesday “firmly rejected” Pakistan’s call for UN intervention on the draft Bill that the Indian government is introducing to regulate depictions on maps.
External affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that the draft ‘Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016’ was an “entirely internal legislative matter of India, since the whole of the state of J&K is an integral part of India. Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi in the matter.”
Swarup said that “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.”
Swarup made these statements in response to a question on a press release issued by the Pakistan Foreign Office on India’s Geospatial Bill.
Earlier in Islamabad, the Pakistan Foreign Office had issued a statement saying it had expressed “serious concern” to the UN over a draft bill in the Indian Parliament over the map of Kashmir and had asked the world body to uphold its resolutions and urge India to stop such acts which are in “violation of international law”.
“Pakistan has expressed serious concern to the United Nations Secretary General and the President of the UN Security Council, through letters by our Permanent Representative in New York, with regard to the Indian government’s efforts to introduce a controversial ‘Geospatial Information Regulation Bill’ in the Indian Parliament,” the press release said.
It further said that “in violation of UNSC resolutions, the official map of India has been depicting the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir as part of India which is factually incorrect and legally untenable”.