Cong questions BJP govt’s silence on US’ ‘Indian-administered Kashmir’ statement

The US State Department had released a statement designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist', adding that the terror outfit claimed responsibility for several attacks, including an explosives attack in April 2014 in "Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 6:48 pm
Narendra Modi, Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad, India-administered Kashmir Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. (File Photo)

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday slammed the government for remaining silent on the US’ reference to Jammu and Kashmir as ‘Indian-administered’. Calling it a ‘total compromise’ of the country’s national security and sovereignty, he questioned the BJP’s silence. “This is total compromise with India’s national security and sovereignty,” Azad was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. “Why has the Prime Minister not protested despite being on US soil? Why is BJP silent? Is it not a total sell out of national interest?” the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha added.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram also questioned the government on the same issue today. “US’ official statement used the phrase ‘Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’. How did India accept this?” the Congress leader had tweeted.

Hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with US President Donald Trump, the US State Department had released a statement designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’. As part of the statement, it added that the terror outfit claimed responsibility for several attacks, including an explosives attack in April 2014 in “Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.”

The issue was also highlighted by Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Twitter, who expressed shock at the wording and subsequent silence from the Modi government.

(With inputs from PTI)

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