Pak has no locus on map legislation, tells India

SansadTV Bureau

India n PakistanIndia has strongly reacted to Pakistan seeking UN intervention in the draft bill on geographical map, which aims at imposing heavy penalty or/and jail term for wrongly depicting the map of the Union of India. Putting up a stern statement, India said it was an “entirely internal legislative matter” and Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi on it.

Union External Affairs Ministry said India “firmly rejects” repeated and increasing attempts by Pakistan to impose on the international community matters that it has always been open to address bilaterally with it.

“The proposed Bill is 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,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Centre is working on the legislation providing for a strong action for the wrong depiction of the geographical map of India. According to the draft ‘Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016’, wrong depiction of the map of India could land the violators in jail with a maximum term of seven years or/and impose a fine up to Rs 100 crore.

Rattled by the government of India’s move, Pakistan rushed to the global body seeking its intervention.

Earlier, in Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) issued a statement saying it has expressed serious concern to the UN over a draft bill in the Indian Parliament over the map of Kashmir and has 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,” it said.

(With inputs from the Agencies)