Congress slams govt for not objecting to US calling Jammu and Kashmir 'Indian-administered'

The Congress party on Tuesday criticised the Centre for not objecting to the phrase 'Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir' used by the US government in its order designating Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist, and accused the Modi government of 'pseudo nationalism'.

IANS June 27, 2017 18:55:50 IST
Congress slams govt for not objecting to US calling Jammu and Kashmir 'Indian-administered'

New Delhi: The Congress party on Tuesday criticised the Centre for not objecting to the phrase "Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir" used by the US government in its order designating Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist, and accused the Modi government of "pseudo nationalism".

Congress slams govt for not objecting to US calling Jammu and Kashmir Indianadministered

Narendra Modi with Donald and Melania Trump. Twitter/PMOIndia

"Shocking that the US government order on Syed Salahuddin refers to 'Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir'. No protest from Modi Sarkar. Complicit sell-out?," Congress spokesperson Randeep S. Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

"Modiji and BJP drumbeat and preach 'Pseudo Nationalism' everyday. India asks - why have you accepted US phrase of 'Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir', read another tweet.

The US government on Monday, just ahead of the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, passed an order proclaiming Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

Part of the text cited by Surjewala as the US government Order, read: "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."

The Congress leader also flayed the government for its "chest-thumping".

"Empty chest thumping, false bravado and captive TV studio warfare by BJP government cannot hide its failures in compromising national security.

"Terrorism should never be politicised and a collective effort is needed to eradicate it, which should be sans partisan considerations," he said.

He listed previous such labelling of terrorists by the US government during the Congress-led UPA tenure.

"On Aug 6, 2010, Pakistan based Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami (HUJI) was declared a designated terrorist organisation by the US... by UPA's efforts," Surjewala said.

He mentioned similar designations accorded to terror outfits like Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba after terror attacks on Indian soil in 2011 and 2012.

"Heavy sanctions" were imposed against Dawood Ibrahim only after a motion by the UPA government, he pointed out.

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