India Criticises Saudi Arabia For Wrong Map On Banknote, Demands Immediate Correction

The Saudi banknote showed Jammu and Kashmir as a separate entity between India and Pakistan. It also showed that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan were not a part of Pakistan.

India   |   29 Oct 2020 6:07 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-10-30T11:51:17+05:30
Writer : Navya Singh | Editor : Prateek Gautam | Creatives : Abhishek M
India Criticises Saudi Arabia For Wrong Map On Banknote, Demands Immediate Correction

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India on October 29 criticised Saudi Arabia for "gross misrepresentation" of its territorial boundaries on a banknote and asked the country to make an urgent correction regarding the same.

The Saudi banknote showed Jammu and Kashmir as a separate entity between India and Pakistan. It also showed that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan were not a part of Pakistan.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that the note was issued on October 24 by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, to mark the occasion of Saudi presidency of the G20.

"We have seen the banknote referred by you [Saudi Arabia] which gives an incorrect depiction of India's external territorial boundaries," Srivastava said.

"We have conveyed our serious concern to Saudi Arabia, both through their Ambassador in New Delhi as well as in Riyadh, for this gross misrepresentation of India's external territorial boundaries on an official and legal banknote of Saudi Arabia and asked the Saudi side to take urgent corrective steps in this regard," he added.

Srivastava reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were integral parts of India.

Last week, the Central government wrote a letter to Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey after the social media platform's location settings presented Leh as a part of China.

The government had asked the social media giant to respect "sensitivities of Indian citizens". On October 18, Twitter had also shown Jammu and Kashmir as a part of China.

Earlier this week, the Parliamentary committee examining India's privacy bill said that Twitter's explanation on showing Ladakh as part of China was "inadequate" and the act amounts to a criminal offence with imprisonment of seven years.

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