Wednesday, February 21, 2024

In HP govt diary, PoK is part of Pak

In what is doubtless a major gaffe, the Himachal Pradesh government in its official 2009 diary has put out a map that concedes “In Himachal govt diary, PoK is shown as part of Pakistan. “Inalienable” parts of India, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin to its far from friendly neighbours, Pakistan and China.
Published on the inside page of the diary, the Indian National Highway Network Map does not mention the source of the map, but displays the national outline in a two-colour contrast which does not correspond with the official map of the country.
The diary carries a message from governor Prabha Rao and chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, two of the top state government functionaries, who are perhaps not even aware that their signatures are part of such a glaring omission.
Containing contact information about all important government functionaries, which includes the governor, chief minister, high court judges, ministers, MLAs, secretaries, this official government diary was released in January this year.
When contacted, chief secretary Asha Swaroop said, “It’s a gross oversight. The matter will be looked into and accountability will be ensured.”

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