US finally recognizes Jammu and Kashmir as integral part of India; rectifies mistake
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 21-Jul-2017

Washington, July 21: ‘Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and no one can change this fact or there can be no compromise on India’s unity and integrity’. Now the United States finally recognized Jammu and Kashmir as an integral part of India and rectified its mistake of featuring valley as ‘Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir’.

Notably, the United States used the term 'Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir' in the notification of the State Department designating Pakistan-based Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. After this, the Ministry of External Affairs registered a concern to the US authorities and apprised them with New Delhi’s stand on Jammu and Kashmir stating it as an integral part of India.

The US immediately rectified its mistake after India registered a concern about this matter and apprised Washington with its stand on Jammu and Kashmir. The United States edited the notification and substituted the sentence 'Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir' with the ‘state of Jammu and Kashmir’.

Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the United States was amongst most successful trip in terms of diplomacy. But the controversies erupted after the US used the term 'Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir' in the notification of the State Department designating Pakistan-based Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. However, India downplayed the usage of "Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir" saying similar terms have been used in the past also.