Syed Salahuddin, designated a global terrorist by the United States boasted to a Pakistani television channel about carrying out terror attacks in India along with his Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit, reports ANI.
This comes after Pakistan called USA’s move “completely unjustified” because it involved an individual “supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination”.
Salahuddin had vowed in 2016 to block any peaceful political resolution to the Kashmir conflict. He had threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, who would turn the Valley into “a graveyard for Indian forces”, and to take his struggle outside Kashmir.
In a move that came as a big win for India, the United States Department’s State Bureau of Counterterrorism on June 26 designated Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section I (b) of Executive Order 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 the US.
On Saturday, five days after being named a ‘global terrorist’ Salahuddin held a rally in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) where he called US President Donald Trump ‘crazy’ for the action against him, reports TOI.
“Donald Trump’s decision will be thrown out if anyone challenges it in American courts,” he said, Pakistani newspaper Nation reported. “No other Western nation has endorsed what this crazy Donald Trump has done,” he said.
“It vindicates India’s longstanding position that cross-border terrorism is behind the crisis created in Kashmir, especially since last year. It underlines strongly the fact that both India and the US face the threat of terrorism and are working together to counter this threat. Terrorism knows no boundaries,” commented Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman Gopal Baglay as soon as the US notification was reported.
The US state department’s notification specifies that all Americans are now “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,” the US state department said in its notification.
Courtesy: times now