Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin: Global terrorist for US but a free bird in Pakistan

Hizbul Mujahideen may have been responsible for umpteen number of terror attacks in India particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, its head Mohammad Yusuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin may have been designated global terrorist by the US, the terror chief is a free bird in Pakistan.

A day after US President Donald Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US declared Syed Salahuddin as a “specially designated global terrorist.” Hizbul Mujahideen is already a proscribed organization.

But, Pakistan does not seem to deterred with increasing sanctions on Syed Salahuddin and his Hizbul Mujahideen.

In the latest development, Syed Salahuddin was found roaming freely in Pakistan. In a video doing rounds on internet and social media, Salahuddin was accorded a grand welcome in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Salahuddin recently attended a public function at Muzaffarabad in PoK. His free movement puts question mark on the Pakistan’s commitment to fight terror.

Salahuddin’s Hizbul Mujahideen is biggest terror outfit active in the Kashmir Valley especially in the southern regions. Salahuddin is a local militant who operates from across the LoC under Pakistani patronage.

US ACTION AGAINST SALAHUDDIN ::

On Monday, following a meeting PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tilleron and Defence Secretary James Mattis, the US State Department declared Salahuddin as a global terrorist.

The US notification read, “Department of State has designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 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.”

It further said, “Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system.”

Pakistan came out in open support of Salahuddin after the US imposed sanction on him. Defending Salahuddin, Pakistan’s foreign office said, “The US State Department’s designation of Syed Salahuddin, the head of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group based in Pakistan, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist was unjustified.”

Pakistan has been denying its role in encouraging anti-India terror groups including Salahuddin and his Hizbul Mujahideen.

By: India Today

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