The US recently designated Syed Salahuddin, the head of Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, as a global terrorist.
Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who has been branded as a ‘global terrorist’ by the United States, admitted in a TV interview to having carried out terror attacks on Indian soil. In an interview to Pakistan’s Geo News, Salahuddin said that Hizbul has carried out terror attacks in India and added that he and his terror outfit, the Hizbul Mujahideen, have a lot of supporters in India.
He said, “Khud India ke andar hamare bahot saare supporters hai. Jo hamse hamdardi hai. Jo samajh hai Kashmiri maslo mein. Jo hamse hamdardi karte hai. (We have many supporters in India who sympathise with us and have an understanding of the Kashmir issue.)”
“Hamne chand karyavaahi karke dikhai lekin 9/11 ke baad international scenario badal gaya aur hamne yeh chaha ki agar hamari karyavaahia, Kashmir se bahar jaari rahi, India ko mauka milega Kashmir ki tehreek par ek terrorism ki label chaspaan karne ki. (We carried out a few terror attacks but after 9/11, the world scenario changed. And we realised, that if we continued to carry out terror attacks outside Kashmir, then India would get an opportunity to label Kashmir as a terror state.)”
Salahuddin further admitted to purchasing weapons from international markets, adding that he has the capacity to deliver weapons at any place if he is paid for it.
“Hathiyaar international market se aate hai. Aap mujhe paise de. Aapko yaha pahocha ke de dunga. Kaha pahochana hai? Main aapko de dunga. Sirf mujhe paise chahiye. (We get the arms from the international market. All I want is money. You tell me where you want the arms. I will have them delivered there,) ” the Hizbul chief added.
SALAHUDDIN- A GLOBAL TERRORIST
The US recently designated Syed Salahuddin, the head of Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, as a global terrorist, a move welcomed by India which said it underlines quite strongly that both the countries face threat of terrorism.
The move by the State Department came hours before the first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump at the White House.
“India welcomes this notification. It underlines also quite strongly that both India and the US face threat of terrorism,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said.
Syed Salahuddin has been charged under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (EO) 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.
CONSEQUENCE OF THE DESIGNATION
As a consequence of this designation, US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked.
Mohammad Yusuf Shah, AKA Syed Salahuddin, is the senior leader of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen.
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.”
Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior Hizbul leader, Hizbul has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people.
Today’s action notifies the US public and the international community that Mohammad Yusuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin, has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism.
Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other nations.