Alleging that India was offering its services to the United States to "pressurise" China, Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said India has been trying to downplay the Kashmir issue for a very long time.
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). In September, 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley "into a graveyard for Indian forces".
The attack has drawn widespread condemnation across the U.S. as well as from political leaders in India, including Prime Minister Modi, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, among others.
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".
Speaking on this development, Ambassador Sheel Kant Sharma said, "It's very significant by the U.S. mentioning especially in this context ... it puts to rest all the earlier speculations and controversy".
According to a statement, Gupta said this while reacting to the criticism of the central government for its Kashmir policy by the opposition and some of the Kashmiri leaders asking the government to start negotiations with separatists and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue, said that the "Kashmir issue is a long pending issue and inspite of two wars and repeated negotiations by the subsequent government at the Centre, which were mostly of that Congress party were not able to resolve and instead it was made more and more alarming and complex".