If your geography knowledge is weak, you better be careful!
Through the newly passed Surveying and Mapping (Amendment) Act of 2020, the government has introduced strict penalties for any infringements involving inaccurate maps of Pakistan.
To strengthen national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Pakistani government has introduced a fresh political map backed by legal measures and issued a strong caution against the use or sharing of unofficial or inaccurate maps of the nation.
The government has noticed a widespread lack of awareness among the general public regarding the significance of Pakistan’s recently revealed political map, which plays a critical role in delineating the country’s administrative and political borders.
According to the new legislation, creating, exhibiting, disseminating, or employing unofficial or erroneous maps of Pakistan is prohibited. Those who violate this law could potentially face a maximum prison sentence of five years, a fine of Rs. 5 million, or both.
The official document accompanying the law talks about how the map makes people feel like they belong to their country and have a strong identity. It also mentions seven new things on the map, like a clear boundary, that make it different from the old one.
The government wants everyone to use the official Pakistan map on the Survey of Pakistan website.
Why Is It Necessary to Learn About Your Country’s Map?
Learning about your country’s map is essential for several reasons:
It fosters a sense of national identity and pride, connecting individuals to their homeland.
Understanding geographical boundaries and regions promotes a better comprehension of local cultures, history, and diversity. It facilitates navigation, enhancing daily life and travel.
Geographical knowledge is crucial for civic engagement, voting, and participating in the democratic process.