India has recently passed the draft of Geospatial Information Regulation Bill. It is based on the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council or UNSC. The news is about the keen concern of Pakistan on the controversial Geospatial bill. However, the experts have said that there is no merit in the claim of Pakistan.
According to research, the Ministry of Pakistan’s foreign affairs has already sent letters to the United Nations Secretary General and the President of the United nations Security Council expressing concern over the recent effort of Indian government to pass the controversial bill in the Indian Parliament.
What for the concern is?
According to Pakistan, India is violating the UNSC resolutions. The recent official map of India is showing the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir as the part of India which should not be depicted. It is illegal and incorrect. Pakistan government says, by passing the bill India would penalize the individuals and organizations who depicted earlier Jammu and Kashmir as disputed land.
However, the experts do not want to focus on the claim and according to them there is no merit in the claim of Pakistan. According to my personal opinion this type of dispute would remain and all countries would play with this.
The Pakistan government is continuously asking the United Nations to uphold the resolutions and showed urge to put a stop for India to do such act which is a violation of international law. On the other hand India is not interested to show its concentration over the claim. The disputed land was removed from UNSC list in the year of 2010 and therefore there should not be any international law vested on such act of depicting the territory.
However, the bill has not been passed yet. It is seeking the public comments until 4th June. Last week a volunteer led initiative named Save The Map drafted a template for users’ response. Let’s see what would happen in the coming days.