India rejects Pakistan concerns on controversial bill996 views
NEW DELHI: Rejecting Islamabad’s concerns on “Geospatial Information Regulation Bill”, India Tuesday said that it is open to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally.
Responding to Pakistan’s concerns on the controversial bill in the Indian Parliament, spokesman of Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said it is an integral legislative matter of his country.
“The proposed bill is an entirely internal legislative matter of India, since the while of the state of J&K is an integral part of India. Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi in the matter,” he said in a statement posted on his verified Twitter account.
“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, Vikas added.
Pakistan had conveyed serious concerns 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 the bill.
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.
Through the passage of this Bill, the Indian government would penalize the individuals and organizations who depict Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
The letter calls upon the United Nations to uphold the UNSC resolutions and urge India to stop such acts which are in violation of international law.
“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,” Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.
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