Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who was designated a 'global terrorist' by the United States just hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with President Donald Trump, has admitted in a TV interview to having carried out terror attacks on Indian soil.
"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," Salahuddin said in an interview with Geo TV.
Asserting that Kashmir was his 'home', the Hizbul chief stated that the Valley was witnessing an uprising since the killing of Burhan Wani. Further revealing that he has many supporters in India, Salahuddin admitted to getting weapons from international markets and authorities in Pakistan, adding that he has the capacity to deliver weapons at any place if he is paid for it.
On 26 June, the US State Department designated Salahuddin, as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist'. Pakistan called the US action completely unjustified, calming that Salahuddin, through his organisation, was "supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination". At his rally in Pakistan on Saturday, Salahuddin called US President Donald Trump “crazy” for the action against him.
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 "into a graveyard for Indian forces."
Salahuddin’s statement comes amid protests in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) against Pakistan army’s policy of training and equipping terrorists. Hayat Khan, a leader in PoK, said at a protest rally that the people of the occupied territory will throw out all terrorists from the camps run by Pakistan army. Protesters at the rally raised slogans in favour of independence from Pakistan’s occupation.
With Inputs From ANI.
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