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New Delhi: In protest against Pakistan government initiative to project a map that inaccurately depicted the borders of the two countries, India’s national security adviser (NSA), Ajit Doval, on Tuesday walked out of a virtual meeting of national security advisers of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

“At the meeting of the national security advisers (NSAs) of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), hosted by the chair of the SCO (Russia), the Pakistani NSA deliberately projected a fictitious map that Pakistan has recently been propagating,” said external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

“This was in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host against it and in violation of the norms of the meeting. After consultation with the host, the Indian side left the meeting in protest at that juncture,” he said.

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Srivastava added, “As was to be expected, Pakistan then went on to present a misleading view of this meeting.”

Pakistan issued a new map on August 4 that laid claim to India’s union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and parts of Gujarat state on the eve of the first anniversary of the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

India had reacted to the move by describing it as an “exercise in political absurdity” with no legal validity.

The political map was released by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting in Islamabad that was attended by his cabinet and senior officials, including his special assistant on national security affairs, Moeed Yusuf. Khan had said the map was the first step towards a political struggle to achieve the right of self-determination for Kashmiris.

Yusuf in his tweet said: “Bizarrely, my Indian counterpart chose to walk out of Pakistan and Russia’s speech. Left a bad taste at a forum whose whole spirit is cooperation.”

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Yusuf also tweeted: “highlighted that unilateral & illegal actions in an internationally recognised disputed territory of (Jammu and Kashmir) is a threat to regional peace & prosperity”.

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