New Delhi: India on Monday said the US
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 here.
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
A report today suggested that under its list of
countries, the US Department of State website shows PoK in
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.