Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi “a weak PM”, for accepting the term ‘India-administered Kashmir’ used by the US while designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a ‘global terrorist’.
Rahul Gandhi’s tweet was also critical of PM Modi not discussing the contentious H-1B visa issue with President Donald Trump during his recent US visit.
Rahul Gandhi posted his remark along with three news headlines which highlighted India accepting the US using the term ‘India-administered Jammu and Kashmir’.
India has a weak PM pic.twitter.com/NKbUO1iOHX— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 5, 2017
On June 26, while designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a ‘global terrorist’, the US referred to the northern state as “India-administered Jammu and Kashmir”.
The Centre last Thursday defended the US's use of the term saying it only affirmed India's position that Salahuddin is involved in "cross-border" terrorism. “Use of term 'Indian-administered J&K' affirms our position that Syed Salahuddin been involved in cross-border terrorism against India," said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
The MEA said that the US, by using the term, clearly meant that there are two parts of Kashmir, one of which is Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). And by acknowledging PoK, the US specified that Salahuddin’s actions amounted to terror across the border.
"India's consistent position that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India is well known," the MEA added.