Syed Salahuddin, chief of the terrorist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, has been declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State. The announcement came hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump meeting at the White House. 71-year-old Salahuddin has been operating out of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
It does vindicate India’s longest-standing position that cross border terrorism behind disturbance created in Kashmir since last year. The outfits that Syed Salahuddin leads, they have perpetuated, from the territory of Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, cross border terrorism against India including in Kashmir for a number of years.
It also underlines that both India and US face threat of terrorism and “are working together to counter this threat, not in particular sector but globally also as terrorism knows no boundaries.
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.The US move is seen to signal that the Trump administration will take a tougher stance on Pakistan harbouring terror groups.New Delhi sees the specific mention of turning Kashmir “into a graveyard for Indian forces” as an unequivocal statement in India’s support and a validation of India’s moral authority on the Kashmir issue.26 June order would prohibit US nationals from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin. Also, all of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked.