The United States (US) has amended and changed the wordings of the statement in which it had declared Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist. The wording has now been changed from ‘Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir’ to the ‘State of Jammu and Kashmir.’

Earlier, the US State Department in a note had used ‘Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir’ in context of listing Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).

But now, the language has been changed from ‘Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’ to ‘State of Jammu and Kashmir’. The note was issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to US last month.

The earlier language in the note said: “Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior HM leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in ‘Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir,’ which injured 17 people”.

Now, after the amendment, the note reads: “Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) has claimed the responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosive attacks in the ‘State of Jammu and Kashmir’ which injured 17 people.”

However, this wasn’t the first time when US had used Indian-administered Kashmir in its public notes.

Speaking on this development, Ambassador Sheel Kant Sharma said, “It’s very significant by the US mentioning especially in this context … it puts to rest all the earlier speculations and controversy.”

Aadil Boparai of the Congress party said, “We welcome the belated correction to the Indo-US joint statement.”