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Exlcusion of Kashmir from India’s map displayed at Queensland University in Australia during Narendra Modi’s visit irritates Indian authorites

November 14, 2014 | By

Brisbane: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Australia to participate in G-20 summit. Within hours after his arrival following an overnight flight from Myanmar, Narendra Modi headed for the QUT for the first engagement of his five-day Australia visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi.

But his visit brought annoyance for Indian authorities as Kashmir was not shown as part of India during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Indian media reports say that Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh launched strong protest with the concern authorities against showing India’s map without Kashmir.

Narendra Modi at QUT

Narendra Modi at QUT

“India’s Foreign Secretary raised the issue strongly and received an unqualified apology,” Indian media reports quote India’s Ministry of External Affairs sources.

MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the issue was raised after it was noticed that Kashmir was missing from the Indian map displayed by the organisers.

“Yes, immediately lodged strong protest and received an unqualified regret from the organisers,” Akbaruddin tweeted.

Kashmir is an internationally disputed area currently under control of India and Paksitan. A “Line of Control” marks the limits of current occupancy of the region by India and Pakistan. But Indian maps show Kashmir as part of their territory.

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