Hizbul Mujahiddin Chief Syed Salahuddin Designated As Global Terrorist
Washington: Moments before the meeting between PM Modi and the US President Donald Trump, the US State Department’s State Bureau of Counter terrorism designated Mohammad Yusuf alia Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section I (b) of Executive Order 13224. Under which sanctions on foreign persons who committed or pose significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US can be imposed.
The State Department CT Bureau tweeted at 10.25 IST, @State Dept designates senior leader of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Mohammad Yusuf Shah, AKA Syed Salahuddin, as SDGT.
PM Modi had earlier met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and had discussed the nation’s commitments to advancements and a hard look at terror. More: Modi, Trump Appeal To Pakistan Not To Allow Its Territory To Launch Attacks On Others
In 2016, Salahuddin vowed that any peaceful political resolution to the Kashmir conflict will be blocked. He also 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.
Following the designation of Salahuddin as the global terrorist, the State Department in a notification said he has committed or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism, reports PTI.
India has welcomed the move by the United States, saying that it vindicates the stand India has been taking against Salahuddin.
MEA spokesperson, who addressed the media said, as the notification has just come, they will have to look at that and observe what specific provisions. “In fact, it does vindicate India’s long standing position that cross-border terrorism has been behind disturbances created in Kashmir,” he said.