India rejects Pakistan stance over controversial mapping bill on Kashmir

03:33 PM | 19 May, 2016
India rejects Pakistan stance over controversial mapping bill on Kashmir
NEW DELHI (Staff Report) - Rejecting Pakistan's objection to a controversial draft bill on the regulation of Indian maps of its territory, including maps of the disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir, an Indian minister said that it is the Modi government's duty to ensure that "India's geography" is projected properly.

"We don't take cognizance of Pakistan's objection to the draft bill," he said.

He added: "We will take suggestions and views of citizens, experts and various stakeholders before the Bill's finalization. But it is the duty of the government that India's map is depicted properly," Indian Union Minister Kiren Rijiju told reporters in Delhi.

Read more: Pakistan writes UN about India’s controversial mapping bill on Kashmir

Rijiju's comments came after Pakistan expressed serious concerns at the United Nations over the draft bill, under which the disputed territory of Kahsmir must be depicted as part of India, and called upon the world body to stop passage of the law in India, as it is in "violation of international law".

According to the Indian minister, the 'Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016' is still in the conceptual stage, and will be discussed by the Union Cabinet before being tabled in Parliament.

As per the draft legislation, the Indian government will be able to penalize individuals and organizations who depict Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory in Indian maps.

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, according the version of the Bill currently under consideration by the Indian Cabinet.

Under the controversial bill, it will be mandatory to take permission from a government authority before acquiring, disseminating, publishing or distributing any geospatial information of India.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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