Valley News Desk

New Delhi, Oct 29: India has lodged a protest over the distortion of the Indian map by Saudi Arabia, which excluded the undivided Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from India in its global map imprinted on the 20 Riyal banknote.

The banknote was released to mark the kingdom’s presidency of the G20 summit. The new banknote features King Salman and the G20 Saudi summit logo on one side, with a world map highlighting G20 countries in a darker shade on the other.

The map shows the whole of Jammu and Kashmir, including Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) as a separate territory altogether. It does not even show PaK which includes Gilgit-Baltistan as part of Pakistani territory

Sources told India Today TV that when New Delhi checked the map, it was found that the distortion was in the Indian map as well. India has taken up this serious matter with the Saudi Arabian embassy in New Delhi and the foreign ministry in Riyadh through the Indian mission.

Since the matter was taken up only on Wednesday, the Indian side is waiting to hear from Riyadh, a source said.