US declaration on Salahuddin may choke his funding, says Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi

"He (Salahuddin) is a terrorist and he has now been declared so. This declaration by the US may help in impacting his movements and funding," Mehrishi told reporters on the sidelines of an event of border guarding force ITBP.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2017 1:20 pm
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The US government’s decision to declare Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist would help in choking his movements and financing, union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said today. Salahuddin, head of the Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, was a “coward” who had “run away” to Pakistan, Mehrishi said.

“He (Salahuddin) is a terrorist and he has now been declared so. This declaration by the US may help in impacting his movements and funding,” Mehrishi told reporters on the sidelines of an event of border guarding force ITBP.

The US yesterday designated Salahuddin a specially designated global terrorist, a move welcomed by India which said it underlines quite strongly that both the countries face threat of terrorism. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had said in Washington that the designation was “a strong signal coming out of the administration that it is committed to ending terror in all forms”.

“We should take the step for what it is. It is fixing responsibility, highlighting the problem. There is a signalling out of it, it is focusing on a particular group and particular individual. None of us can really miss that message,” he said.

The move by the US State Department came just hours before the first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump at the White House. As a consequence of this designation, US citizens are prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked.

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    Raj Parwani
    Jun 28, 2017 at 12:20 am
    Whenever you shun someone you create a vacuum so you need to understand who is gonna fill that vacuum and what kind of plans you have to tackle that force. Look at recent history, when you shunned Saddam Hussein, vacuum was filled by Al Qaida, which was far worse them him then you went against Al-Qaida and next thing you found that you are fighting against ISIS which is 10 times more extremist and lethal than Al-Qaida. So, this might be a bad strategy in the long run, cause this guy was trying to keep the outfit moderate, once he is out of the picture more radical leadership might take over. This guy was always open for talks next guy may not want any negotiations with India. There was a reason why Obama administration didn't do it, I have zero confidence on Trump administration that they might have seen beyond the obvious.
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