New Delhi: India’s proposed Geospatial Bill is an entirely internal legislative matter of India, since the whole of the state of J&K is an integral part of India. Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi in the matter.
This was asserted by India’s Mlinistry of External Affairs today in response to a question on Pakistan Foreign Office Press Release on India’s Geospatial Bill,.
An Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson said:
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.”
Pakistan’s foreign affairs ministry earlier said they have shot etters to the United Nations Secretary General and the UN Security Council to express “serious concerns” over the Geospatial bill being introduced in the Parliament of India.
The Bill is to regulate the acquisition, dissemination, publication and distribution of geospatial information of India which is likely to affect the security, sovereignty and
integrity of India.
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