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Qatar Airways to probe wrong India map in presentation


Panaji : Qatar Airways Monday said it will hold an in-house inquiry after a map of India it displayed during a presentation here had a large part of Kashmir missing.

Asked about the misrepresentation of India’s sovereign borders in the map, the airline’s chief executive officer (CEO) Akbar Al Baker said: “We will ask the corporate communications department to look into it.”

The map distinctly showed India minus the area of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Earlier, in an attempt to parry a query from the media about the insensitive and incorrect representation of India’s geographical boundaries in its presentation, Baker had said that it “was not a political map”.

Publication of inaccurate external boundaries and coastline of India is considered as an offence and attracts penalty under section 2 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 1961 and is held tantamount to questioning the territorial integrity of the country.

Baker was in Goa to announce the launch of a Doha-Goa flight, which started operations Monday.