Centre downplays US reference to ‘Indian-administered Kashmir’, says it happened in the past too
The Narendra Modi government has minimized the use of “India-administered Jammu and Kashmir” by the United States during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country, saying that similar terms were used in the past as well, reports PTI. On Monday, as chief Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin’s announcement as a specially designated global terrorist, the US State Department said that the militant group had attributed responsibility for several attacks, including the explosives of the 2014 attack as “Jammu and Kashmir Administered by India. ”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay said that the use of “India-administered Jammu and Kashmir” has been used by the United States to simply state that India’s position Syed Salahuddin was involved in terrorism against India border. He said that the US State Department had used terms reported on terrorism also terrorism in the past, especially between 2010 and 2013.
“The consistent position of India that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India is well known,” said M. Baglay. He added that India welcomed the appointment of Syed Salahuddin, who had been designated as a global terrorist by the Donald Trump administration, which he described as “the strongest common expression of the commitment of both sides” in the fight against terrorism.
The use of the term, and the lack of response by the government, angered the opposition. The former finance minister and the head of Congress, P Chidambaram Wednesday questioned the government in a tweet. “The official United States declaration uses the term” Jammu and Kashmir administered by India. “How was India accepted?”
Congressman Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, asked: “Why did not protested prime minister despite being on the ground American Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defense and the Minister of the Interior that the problem? Why is BJP silent? Is not it a sale of national interests?