US designated “global terrorist” Syed warned India on a TV interview in Pakistan

Islamabad : Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who designated a global terrorist by the US, appeared for a TV interview on Monday in which he claimed terror attacks on India in the past, and also warned that his outfit could strike Indian targets anywhere, any time.

“Our focus is on Indian occupation forces, their movement and installations. It is against our code of conduct to target civilians or public places,“ he said. “In all operations we have carried out or are under way , we focus only on installations of these occupational forces,“ said Salahuddin, who had threatened in September 2016 to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces“ in an exclusive interview to TOI.

“We have the strength and capacity to strike at any time in India. But it would provide New Delhi an opportunity to malign our legitimate struggle in Kashmir,“ he told Geo News, adding, “We had carried out operations outside Kashmir in the past but gave up when global perception about militancy changed after 911.“ Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who warned India of more terror attacks in an interview to GeoTV on Monday , said his men would target civilians and politicians who work as spies for Indian forces against his mujahideen, and criticised Pakistan for only extending moral and political support to the Kashmir movement.

“Pakistan is a party to the Kashmir dispute and if it had supported us militarily , we would have earlier liberated the region from Indian control,“ he told the channel, which did not disclose how the United Jihad Council chief was accessed.

Salahuddin denied that Pakistan provides weapons to his fighters. “We purchase weapons from the international market and get financial support from Kashmiris spread around the world,“ he said. “I can provide you any weapon from the international market if you give me the required amount,“ he claimed.

Criticising his designation as global terrorist by the US, he described himself as a freedom fighter. He said Trump’s action has further strengthened him. Two days ago, Salahuddin had called US President Donald Trump “crazy“ for the move against him. The state department declared him a global terrorist during PM Modi’s visit to Washington last week. 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,“ Salahuddin had said at the rally in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Saturday.

He also refused to challenge Trump’s decision himself but appealed to people to take it up in US courts.

Pakistan on Monday dismissed the US designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a “global terrorist“, saying it was not a UN decision but a move by the Trump administration to “appease“ India.

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