Syed Salahuddin Declared as Global Terrorist By the US
Syed Salahuddin also known as Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah, the head of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen a Kashmir-based militant terrorist group operating in Kashmir. He is also the head of an alliance of anti-India militant groups, the United Jihad Council that works to annex the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan. Salahuddin also vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces.” He is listed on the NIA Most Wanted list.
On 26 June 2017, the US Department of State named him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Though this is a very good move by the US, it would have proved more worthy, if the move had come a quarter-century ago, when Salahuddin skillfully turned Hizbul into Pakistan’s catspaw in Kashmir.
The announcement came hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump meeting at White House. The move comes as a huge blow for Pakistan which has been projecting Salahuddin as a “Freedom Fighter.”
India has been lobbying hard at the United Nations Security Council to declare him a global terrorist, with the latest attempt blocked by China. The move by the United States, also a permanent member of UNSC, is seen as a big morale boost to India, especially when it became public a few days back that Salahuddin is residing in Pakistan.
However, India welcomed this move and said it will vindicate India’s stance on cross-border terrorism.
Designated Global Terrorist?
The US State Department maintains and periodically updates its list of individual terrorists and terror organizations that operate outside its soil. This is essentially done to ensure these individuals get out of the terrorism business. Terror outfits are termed ‘Foreign Terrorist Organizations’ and individuals acting as part of a terrorist organization are designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
Once a person or group is identified as “global terrorist” or a “terrorist organization”, the assets in the United States or in control of any person/institution in the country are immediately blocked. The citizens and organizations of United States are barred from making any financial transactions with these individuals or groups.