Muzaffarabad: United Jihad Council – an alliance of the militant groups – on Tuesday dubbed the decision of the Trump administration decision to tag Syed Salahuddin as “global terrorist” as a “mockery of international laws, the UN charter as well as the ground realities.”
“Syed Salahuddin is a symbol of the legitimate freedom movement in Kashmir. The decision against him aimed at pleasing India’s terrorist leader is painful and unfortunate,” said a spokesman of the amalgam.
“Syed Salahuddin is leading a struggle of pro-freedom Kashmiris against Indian terrorism and the whole world knows that how brazenly Indian armed forces are involved in the worst ever human rights violations to perpetuate their illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The UJC spokesman pointed out that almost all independent global human rights bodies were constantly testifying to the incessant human rights violations at the hands of Indian troops.
He expressed the hope that all “freedom loving nations” across the globe would also reject this decision.
“India should read the writings on the wall, and try to understand the fact that Kashmir freedom struggle has reached a stage where no one can weaken, let alone stop, it, because the whole Kashmiri nation is part of it,” he said.
‘Trump-Modi nexus dangerous for world peace’
In a statement, PaK President Sardar Mohammad Masood Khan warned that “Trump-Modi nexus” could spell disaster to the regional peace.
Khan, who retired from the foreign service of Pakistan as a career diplomat, pointed out that the US had always deceived Pakistan and the latest decision was yet another example of it.
“The US has never acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices despite the latter’s being a frontline state in the war against terrorism,” he said.
According to a release issued by the US State Department, Salahuddin was designated a terrorist under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (EO) 13224, which imposes sanctions on “foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”
Khan questioned the justification of decision by pointing out that the Hizbul Mujahideen had been struggling solely for freedom of Kashmir, and was neither linked to any terrorist group nor had resorted to any action outside Jammu and Kashmir.
“In fact, it’s the India army committing terrorism in Kashmir. Ignoring the genocide of Kashmiris by Indian army and declaring freedom fighters as terrorists is a criminal departure from international humanitarian and democratic norms by the US,” he said.
Born in Soibugh village of Budgam district, Muhammad Yousuf Shah aka Syed Salahuddin had contested elections to the Legislative Assembly of Kashmir in 1987 under the banner of Muslim United Forum (MUF).
He joined the armed struggle and founded Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit after the rigging of 1987 elections.
In 2002, India had included his name in the list of 20 “most wanted people” and had been seeking his possession from Pakistan, but Pakistan has always turned down the demand.