Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s message to Pakistan on its independence day has reportedly offended the country by failing to include Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as part of Pakistan’s territory on its Facebook page.
The firm, Tech in Asia, has pointed out that Huawei had taken the Google Maps image of Pakistan and coloured it green along with part, but not all of PoK. The tagline along the map that said: “smart ideas can alter the course of history” has ignited a fiery debate over Huawei’s depiction of the current political reality between India and Pakistan, with some taking the map to be offensive.
The controversy comes at a time when relations between India and Pakistan have been further strained after the August 6 Line of Control violation in Poonch that claimed the lives of five Indian soldiers.
The company has since deleted the message from its Facebook page, as it doesn’t want to get involved politically, especially when it has just got a big infrastructure contract in Pakistan.