Pakistan has raised its objections to a draft bill prepared by the Narendra Modi government which strictly prohibits wrong depiction of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as non-Indian territories.
Pakistan has urged the United Nation to uphold its resolutions and urge India to stop such acts which are in “violation of international law.”
“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,” Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) in a statment said.
Through the passage of this Bill, the Indian government would penalise the individuals and organisations who depict Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, the FO said.
“We have urged the international community and the United Nations to fulfill their commitment with the people of Jammu and Kashmir by holding an independent and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices,” it said.
However, India has reacted strongly to Pakistan’s response, saying it was an “entirely internal legislative matter” and Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi on it.
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The Modi government had prepared the ‘The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016’ following instances where certain social networking sites showed Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of Pakistan and China respectively.
The bill prohibits showing parts of India as territories of China or Pakistan on any digital platform and could land violators in jail with a maximum term of seven years and fine up to Rs 100 crore.
According to the proposed law, it will be mandatory to take permission from a government authority before acquiring, disseminating, publishing or distributing any geospatial information of India.
No person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form, the bill says.