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Official Pak ad shows J&K as part of India

June 15, 2006 18:28 IST

An official advertisement in Pakistan showing the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir as part of India has put the government in an embarassing position, with the commerce ministry ordering an inquiry into it.

The advertisement for the seventh South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation trade fair to be held in Karachi from Friday depicted Jammu and Kashmir, including the northern areas, as part of India and was published in local dailies on Wednesday.

An inquiry has been ordered into the matter to find out whose fault it was to use a wrong map of Pakistan, a spokesman for the Export Promotion Bureau of Pakistan has said.

The advertisement had drawn protests from Pakistan's strategic analysts and retired diplomats.

Several officials and bureaucrats called up the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad and protested the publication of the map, including the "disputed" areas of Kashmir as part of India, The News daily reported.

Those who protested, include former Additional Secretary of Pakistan Foreign Office Akram Zaki and Director General of the Institute of Strategic Studies Shirin Mazari.

"I was horrified that the Ministry of Commerce would make such a serious mistake. This is the second time that this ministry has put out incorrect maps of Pakistan and India," Mazari said.

"Surely the commerce ministry has the capacity to acquire a map of South Asia from the survey of Pakistan. It is unforgivable for any institution of Pakistan not to give out their own country's correct map," she said.

According to the daily, some lawmakers are expected to raise the issue in the current session "to ensure the ministry does not go for a hat-trick on this particular mistake".

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Number of User Comments: 5

Sub: What Indian leadership is doing?

It is rubbish to think even that showing the J&K as part of Pakistan, by Pakistan Government / officials is an unintentional mistake and only ...


Sub: Pak ad showing whole J&K as part of India

Inadvertantly Pakistan is telling the real fact.

Posted by Mahendra

Sub: Pak Map showing Kashmir in India

The truth prevails. That day is not far when the said map will be the official map of Pakistan and for the world.

Posted by Prakash Ch Sahay

Sub: Kashmir as part of India

You did not report anything when Pakistan claimed Kashmir as theirs. They did this at lot of places, so you had ample opportunity to complain, ...

Posted by Sachin

Sub: To err is?

:) The advertisers in Pakistan are probably breaking the official 'line of control' and drawing their hearts out. Both countries have become a creative liability ...

Posted by Girish



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