Hizbul chief Salahuddin admits to having carried out terror attacks in India
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Hizbul chief Salahuddin admits to having carried out terror attacks in India

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.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2017 20:35 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Syed Salahuddin,Hizbul Mujahideen,India
Asserting that Kashmir was his ‘home’, the Hizbul chief stated that the Valley was witnessing an uprising since the killing of Burhan Wani.(PTI File Photo)

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, recently designated by the US as a global terrorist, has told a private Pakistani TV channel that his group was behind terror attacks in India.

“Till now our focus was on Indian occupation forces. All the operations that we have done or are underway, we focus only on the installations of these occupational forces,” he told Geo TV in an interview.

He told the channel that the Kashmir Valley was witnessing an uprising since the killing of Burhan Wani.

Two days ago, Salahuddin had said at a rally in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, that his “fighters’ attacks were on legitimate military targets as opposed to civilians.”

The rally was widely covered in the Pakistan media.

Salahuddin called US President Donald Trump “crazy” for the action against him. He also called the Trump administration “idiotic”, saying his designation as a global terrorist was “a gift” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He told the rally that “Trump’s decision will be thrown out if anyone challenges it in American courts. No other Western nation has endorsed what this crazy Donald Trump has done.”

“This (the Trump administration’s) idiocy can neither weaken our courage, nor stop the freedom struggle and the target-oriented actions of freedom fighters.”

The US State Department had imposed sanctions on him in June, during Modi’s visit to Washington.The US now considers Salahuddin, also known as Mohammad Yusuf Shah, a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist,” it said in a statement.

The new sanctions mean American citizens are generally barred from doing business with him, and all his assets subject to US jurisdiction are blocked.

Pakistan had last week called the US action “completely unjustified” because it involved an individual “supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination”.

In the Geo TV interview, Salahuddin claimed to have many supporters in India and said he had purchased weapons from international markets, adding that he has the capacity to deliver weapons at any place if he is paid for it.

In September, 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, and threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers and turn the Kashmir valley into “a graveyard for Indian forces”.

Under his leadership, the terror group has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 strike in Jammu and Kashmir that injured 17 people. (With agency inputs)

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 12:22 IST