Syed Salahuddin tells Pakistan channel: Have carried out many terror operations in India, can strike any time

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin admitted to carrying out many 'operations' in the country, adding that he could strike India "at any time". He described Kashmir as 'home', and said Burhan Wani's death last year has triggered an uprising in the Valley.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 4:57 pm
Syed Salahuddin, Hizbul Mujahideen, Salahuddin global terrorist, Salahuddin terror attacks Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin speaks at a news conference in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan July 1, 2017.  (Source: REUTERS/M. Saif-ul-Islam)

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin admitted to carrying out terrorist attacks in India and said he could target the country “at any time” during an interview to Geo TV, a Pakistani channel. Salahuddin was designated as a ‘global terrorist’ by the United States on June 26, hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington.

“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. The Hizbul Mujahideen chief, who claimed to have many supporters in India, admitted to carrying out many “operations” in the country, adding that he could strike India “at any time”.  Read: Who is Syed Salahuddin, chief of Hizbul Mujahideen? Click here.

Salahuddin described Kashmir as ‘home’, and said Burhan Wani’s death last year has triggered an uprising in the Valley. After Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces last July, Salahuddin had vowed to turn the state into “a graveyard for Indian forces”. He had said he would block any peaceful resolution adopted for the state had threatened to train more Kashmir-based suicide bombers.

“If we would have taken our operations out of Kashmir at that time, India would get a chance to label Kashmir-e-Tehreek a terrorist organisation. We have support and we can target any place in India, at any time,” he said, during the interview. He explained that the international scene has changed since 9/11. He added he purchases weapons from the international market.

In a statement, the US State Department had said: “Department of State has designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 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 U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. .” Also read: How much does Syed Salahuddin matter in the Valley? Click here.

Salahuddin, who had rejected these charges, described himself as a freedom fighter and not a terrorist. He vowed to continue fighting for the ‘liberation’ of Kashmir. “We are not terrorists… Our struggle is for freedom from India and it will continue till liberation of Kashmir,” the 71-year-old leader said.

“The US cannot provide a single example of when I and other Kashmiri fighters committed any act of terrorism,” he said, addressing the media at the Centre Press Club in Muzaffarabad. “Kashmiri freedom fighters have a code of conduct to not harm minorities, the elderly, children and women, and if sometimes the enemy offers a peace deal, we accept it.”

The Hizb has claimed responsibility for several attacks in India in the past, including the April 2014 explosives attack in J&K which injured 17 people.

(With inputs from agencies)

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  1. M
    Jul 4, 2017 at 5:30 am
    pour few guided missiles on this man without waiting any more .he will not understand other-wise.
    1. M
      Jul 4, 2017 at 2:19 am
      At one time his ancestors were the people living a Vedic life in the land called Kashmir and now look at this man, what he has become! What a transformation an invading religion call Islam can bring in people! His ancestors must be turning in grave with horror!
      1. M
        Jul 4, 2017 at 2:10 am
        And according to Pak he is a freedom fighter. Plus they lost the plot when they driven out Pandits - freedom fighters don't drive out their own who are living in the land from time immemorial.
        1. S
          Surya Prakash Sharma
          Jul 3, 2017 at 11:06 pm
          HE has only to wait now or a drone that will take him straight to JANNAT to meeet Mohammad and ask for his promised 72 virgins.
          1. S
            Sam Yash
            Jul 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm
            India needs mosad style of RAW agent which could terminate any mischievous agent like this pig . The rule of game is simle but inhuman but every action must be answered by more severe reaction then only we can create fear among these terrorists
            1. C
              Jul 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm
              Yes this and others like him have been wreaking havoc in Kashmir and elsewhere and we have been unable to neutralise them despite our rhetoric about surgical strikes!The time is for real action and not thumping our 56 inch chest in futile bravado
              1. N
                Jul 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm
                These terrorists were temporarily kept under lock and key by Pathistan when China was holding meeting for OBOR with rest of the world. India has raised objection to OBOR, and our diplomacy has been very successful. Pathisani sponsored terrorism has left a trail of killings and destruction in many countries, including Europe (France, Britain, Germany, Spain and others), US, ad Russia. .....Syed is uttering music to Indian ears. He is himself explaining to the world what he and terrorism is all about. ....China is openly supporting these terrorists in forums like United Nations, so that they may not be banned and put into jails. But, they are paying a a hefty price (close to 60 billions) as OBOR is going to be a dud, and a corrupt country like Pathistan would not be able to pay back even a significant portion of their debt for unprofitable mansubes. China is now in a tail spin for sponsoring terrorism !
                1. H
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 10:23 pm
                  Khisyai billi noche khambe
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