In an embarrassment, PoK and Aksai Chin were not shown as India’s territory in a map by the Pentagon website ahead of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s press conference jointly with his American counterpart.
The graphic was even tweeted by the Indian Embassy in Washington along with the message that the joint address by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Parrikar will begin at 10:50 AM. But this was removed later.
The graphic had the Indian tricolour and a map that showed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Aksai Chin not as India’s territory. There was no immediate comment from either the Pentagon or the Embassy.
Parrikar, on his maiden visit to the US, addressed the Pentagon correspondents, in a first such interaction by an Indian Defence Minister.