Saudi banknote depicts Kashmir separate from India » Kashmir Media Service

The bank note has caused controversy online (Screengrab/Social media)Riyadh, October 31 (KMS): Saudi Arabia has issued a new 20 Riyal note to commemorate the kingdom’s presidency of the G20 that depicts disputed Jammu and Kashmir as a separate from India.

The banknote, printed last week by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, has a portrait of King Salman and the logo of the Saudi G20 summit on one side, and an artistically rendered world map on the other.

The move was celebrated by Kashmiris and many others on social media for recognising the wishes of many people who reside in the disputed territory.

Ghulam Nabi Mir, the head of Washington-based World Kashmir Awareness Forum, said the map was welcomed by Kashmiris and people who sympathise with their struggle.

“It’s an expression of what Kashmiris would love. Kashmiris have not yet been given the chance to decide if they want to be with India or Pakistan. There are many opinions in Kashmir, but the bulk of people do not want to be with India,” Mir told a London-based online news outlet, Middle East Eye.

“We are happy that Saudi Arabia made the decision to show solidarity with Kashmir and we hope it will not retreat as India is occupying and colonising Kashmir using domicile laws.

“Saudi Arabia has taken the first step and they need to leave it to Kashmiris to decide their own future. They should not worry about their financial dealings with India, but must not compromise their moral position of standing with Kashmiris,” he added.

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