Australia displays wrong map of India at G20, shows J&K as part of Pakistan; apologises

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New Delhi, Nov 14: Just a day ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, a wrong map of India was shown to all G20 leaders in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which Jammu and Kashmir was shown in Pakistan.

A wrong map of India was being shown to all the leaders and delegates attending the event which showed Jammu and Kashmir state not in India but in Pakistan.

As per reports, the wrong map prompted a strong protest by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh.

"India's Foreign Secretary raised the issue strongly and received an unqualified apology," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, responding to a question whether 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.

Modi, is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years since Rajiv Gandhi in 1986.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of European Council, Herman Van Rompuy during a meeting in Brisbane, Australia on Friday on the sidelines of G 20 Summit. (PTI Photo by Kamal Singh)
During Chinese Premier XI Jinping's visit to India, a similar controversy erupted when the Gujarat Government while signing a memorandum with Chinese foreign ministry used a map that showed Arunachal Pradesh as a disputed territory.

Earlier in 2012, US had fixed the map on their main Government website that depicted part of Jammu & Kashmir in Pakistan after protests.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wowed students of a leading Australian university, freely mingling with them during a visit, and made it a point to tell them that it is former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's birth anniversary, as he sent his best wishes to children.

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