United States changes media note to 'Jammu & Kashmir'

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 20, 2017

After calling it Indian-administered Kashmir, the United States has now changed the term to Jammu and Kashmir.

This was informed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday by MoS external affairs VK Singh in reply to a question on the subject. "We urge the Trump Administration to designate Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and clamp down sanctions on Pakistan for its continued support of Hizbul and other terrorist groups carrying out attacks in India".

On June 26th, the U.S. Department of State designated Salahuddin, as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist".

The attack comes after the route from Jammu to the cave shrine at Amarnath, high in the Himalayas, was closed for a time during the one year anniversary of the death of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. In 2016 there was a surge in violence in the aftermath of Wani's killing by Indian security forces, including mob attacks on transition camps in the Valley set up for returning Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus indigenous to Kashmir who were ethnically cleansed from the Valley in 1990).

"Department of State has designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1 (b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States". The media note stated "Under Salahuddin's tenure as senior HM leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in India-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people".

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