India’s move to introduce a Bill to make any distortion or violation of its territorial demarcations punishable with heavy fines and jail terms has not gone well with Pakistan with territorial dispute between two looks like going to United Nations. Pakistan has taken the stand the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill by India is violative of Security Council resolution in Jammu and Kashmir. India has made its stand very clear on all the foras that State of Jammu and Kashmir as acceded by the Maharaja with Union of India is an integral part of its own country and Pakistan has been the illegal occupant since partition of the country and has been asking for plebiscite. Being an internal matter Pakistan has no locus standi on the issue and the proposed Bill is an entirely internal legislative matter. Through the Bill, Indian Government gets legislative sanctions to prosecute anybody, organisation and country which terms Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory. Pakistan has been the aggressor who took control of the region through Kabali invaders at the time of partition in 1947 and till date the status of the region remained the same. If Maharaja’s accession document becomes the thumb rule, India stands to gain in territorial gains up to Gilgit and Baltistan and even to Tibet, which is under Chinese occupation after 1962. A large portion of eastern Jammu and Kashmir area, referred to as Aksai Chin, has also been illegally occupied by China for decades. This step was apparently envisaged by the government in the backdrop of cases where social networking sites showed Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as a part of Pakistan and China respectively last year. 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.
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