Indian government on Tuesday issued strong reaction to Pakistan seeking UN intervention on the Indian draft bill on map, saying it was an “entirely internal legislative matter” and Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi on 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.
“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 said in response to a question on Pakistan Foreign Office press release on India’s Geospatial Bill.
India’s reaction came after Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) 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,” it said.
Earlier this month, the Indian government had said that the wrong depiction of the map of India could land the violators in jail with a maximum term of seven years and impose a fine up to Rs 100 crore.