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PoK issue: Get your map corrected, India tells US

November 21, 2011 17:05 IST

India on Monday said the United States Department of State maps showing Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as part of Pakistan "will have to be corrected".

"As far as the PoK issue is concerned, the maps will have to be corrected," Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said in New Delhi.

The Secretary was responding to a query about the US government website showing PoK as part of Pakistan.

Mathai said the External Affairs Ministry was talking to a number of nations and organisations who have been wrongly showing Indian territories in some other countries.

"I have been in this business for over 35 years and I have done this couple of hundred times. I think cartography is not an exact science, particularly when viewed with a political outlook," he said.

The Foreign Secretary said the Ministry will discuss the issue.

A report on Monday suggested that under its list of countries, the US Department of State website shows PoK in Pakistan.

In the last few years, there have been several instances where international organisations such as Google have showed PoK as part of Pakistan.

On all such occasions, India has registered its protests with the organisations and countries concerned. New Delhi had also objected to the Chinese maps showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China.


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