Recently, a new Twenty Riyal banknote has been launched by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority to mark the presidency of the G20 summit.
The banknote launched recently has excellent security features and remained in the news for quite a while for its exclusive design inspired by the G20 logo. However, despite all of its technical specifications and distinctive design, the note became contentious due to its border illustrations.
The new Twenty Riyal banknote has the picture of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz on its front side, and on the back features a world map showing G20 countries in various colors. However, surprisingly the map shows Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan as independent territories rather than being a part of Pakistan. In the map, there is a border between Pakistan and AJK/GB, illustrating the entire region of AJK and GB as independent territories.
The Government of Pakistan have not yet responded to the matter, besides the Indians are considering it a victory and perceiving it as an official stance of Saudi Arabia on the issue of Kashmir.
The fictitious Indian Media is even calling it a Diwali gift from KSA and prophesizing that Saudi Arabia prefers India over Pakistan on the basis of their expanding trade and bilateral relations at the cost of Pakistan and Kashmir.
It is pertinent to mention here that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman announced to invest $60 billion in the oil and refinery sector of India, last year.