New Delhi, June 29, 2017: Defending the use of the term Indian-administered Kashmir by the US, the Ministry of External Affairs has on Thursday said that it affirms India’s position that Syed Salahuddin been involved in cross-border terrorism.
Addressing a press conference, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said: “The use of the term ‘Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir’ merely affirms our position that Syed Salahuddin has been involved in cross-border terrorism against India.”
He also said similar terms were used in the past as well, including the time when Congress was in the power. “Similar term has been used in the State Department’s country reports on terrorism brought out every year, including in the period 2010-2013, in the context of cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India. India’s consistent position that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India is well known,” he said.
Baglay also said the designation of Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist was long awaited and shows that India and the US are together in their fight against terrorism.
“The Joint Statement issued on June 26, 2017, after Prime Minister’s talks with US President Trump is the strongest joint expression of the commitment of the two sides to be shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against terrorism and calls on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries,” he said.