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Congress Questions Modi's Silence on US Terminology for Kashmir

“Shocking that US government order on Syed Salahuddin refers to ‘Indian Administered J&K’. No protest from Modi government. Complicit sell-out?” AICC chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted

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Updated:June 28, 2017, 12:24 PM IST
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Congress Questions Modi's Silence on US Terminology for Kashmir
PM Narendra Modi (left) and US President Donald Trump. (File Photo: Reuters)

New Delhi: The Congress has attacked the Narendra Modi government for not objecting to the US reference to “Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir” in designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist.

Former Home Minister P Chidambaram wondered how the Indian government could accept such a statement.

“Shocking that US government order on Syed Salahuddin refers to ‘Indian Administered J&K’. No protest from Modi government. Complicit sell-out?” AICC chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

In a series of tweets on the issue, he said, “Modiji and BJP drumbeat and preach ‘Pseudo Nationalism' every day. India asks—why have you accepted US phrase of 'Indian administered J&K’?”

Hitting out at the BJP-led NDA government, he said, “Empty chest thumping, false bravado and captive TV studio warfare by BJP government cannot hide its failures in compromising National Security”.

Surjewala also said terrorism should never be politicised and a collective effort is needed to eradicate it, which should be sans partisan considerations.

He said one should remember that on June 2, 2006, the US imposed heavy sanctions on India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim after a motion by then Congress-UPA government.

On Monday, the US had declared Salahuddin, the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, as a “global terrorist”, dealing a major blow to Pakistan just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first meeting with President Donald Trump.

Citing part of the text on the US government’s order, Surjewala said it read: “In September 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers and vowed to turn the Kashmir Valley ‘into a graveyard for Indian forces’.

“Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people,” he said quoting the order.

(With inputs from PTI)

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| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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