NEW DELHI: India has on Tuesday strongly condemned Pakistan requesting the UN intervention on the Indian draft bill on map. The Indian government said that it is purely an internal legislative matter and that any other entity has nothing to do with it.
Speaking to the media, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said ‘India firmly rejects’ the allegations of Pakistan with regard to the Geospatial bill.
“The bill is totally an internal legislative matter. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi in the matter”, Vikas Swarup said.
He added that India is always ready to address any issue through bilateral meetings and underlined that only Pakistan should answer on why it asks for the UN intervention for every thing which it feels and frames as an ‘issue’.
The reaction from the Indian government comes in connection with a statement released by the Pakistan Foreign Office earlier. The statement read that it has requested the United Nations and other international bodies to stop India from making a new law called the ‘Geospatial bill’, which also includes the disputed area of Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The statement said that the draft is in violation with the International law and urged that the UN should intervene.
According to the statement, the Pakistan government has expressed its concerns to the United Nations Secretary General and the President of the Security Council, through letters via its Permanent Representative in New York.
On the other hand, political analysts feel that the latest incident may harm the slowly budding bilateral relation between the neighbors.
According to the draft of the ‘GeoSpatial Regulation Bill, 2016, wrongly depicting the Indian map could land them in prison with a maximum punishment of seven years and a fine ranging to the tune of Rs 100 crores.