Defiant militant commander Syed Salahuddin denounces U.S. terrorist designation

Pakistan denies giving material help to Kashmiri separatists but reiterated earlier this week that it would continue to provide diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination.

By: Reuters | Muzaffarabad | Updated: July 1, 2017 7:09 pm
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Kashmiri militant commander Syed Salahuddin on Saturday denounced his designation as a terrorist by the United States, vowing to continue his armed fight against India over Kashmir. Syed Salahuddin called the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration “idiotic”, saying it was a gift to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Washington, the day Salahuddin was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

“They cannot quote a single incident to prove that we are terrorists,” Salahuddin told a news conference in Muzaffarabad, where he has been based for some 25 years as leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen. “This idiocy can neither weaken our courage, nor stop the freedom struggle and the target-oriented actions of freedom fighters,” he added, saying his fighters’ attacks were on legitimate military targets as opposed to civilians. Gun-wielding Hizbul Mujahideen members wearing fatigues escorted his vehicle to the news conference venue.

Pakistan denies giving material help to Kashmiri separatists but reiterated earlier this week that it would continue to provide diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination. India blames Pakistan for stoking the 28-year-old revolt in Kashmir and has stepped up efforts to put pressure on Pakistan under PM Modi.

In Monday’s announcement, the U.S. State Department said that in September 2016 Salahuddin had threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces”. As a consequence of the designation, U.S. individuals are banned from engaging in financial transactions with Salahuddin and all his property in the United States is blocked.

Salahuddin, who is from Badgam town in Kashmir, was an Islamist politician who turned to militancy after he lost an election for the Kashmir legislative assembly in 1987, which he says was “massively rigged” by India.

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    Dharmesh
    Jul 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm
    Pakistani politicians are looting poor Pakistani people in the name of Kashmiri and depositing huge money of country in Panama paper. And when people came to know about this than they again start chanting Kashmir Kashmir...
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      INDIENKENENR
      Jul 2, 2017 at 3:05 am
      One particular disadvantage these Mujahedeen suffer is of intellectual nature. Their thinking is all Islamed up. Islam forbids free thinking. It demands submission. Thus, Islam followers are as a rule constrained in their thinking. Take Kashmiris. Their land is a sitting duck in a war situation. The valley itself is at the mercy of its big tall mountains. Now, suppose Kashmir becomes independent. It has hostile neighbors all around. Next, free Kashmir is ripe fruit to Islam hero Pakistan. All right, they march in- just like 1948. What happens next? Kashmiris face decimation, and they cannot now turn to India for help. What will free Kashmiris do? So, Kashmiris never think well, and far. Islam keeps them dumb. They keep getting beaten from all sides. These people are SWARTHBHARANSHO HI MOORKHTA- in English said fools who do not know what is good, what is bad for them. Therefore, J K people at large must now gear up and throw these foolish people out of their public life.
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        Joseph Mumbai
        Jul 1, 2017 at 11:33 pm
        This shabby bearded Jehadist is alive because Congress gave him a passage to escape, same like Dawood. Enough of the bir yani. India take him out by all means necessary. Get rid of the free loaders Abdullah's as well.
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          Dr Steve George
          Jul 1, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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            Nishant
            Jul 2, 2017 at 12:23 am
            Dear Doc: Please give your own kidney, rather than use inappropriate forums asking for them. We r sure u have enough money to put this ad in a newspaper or through the electronic version of newspapers. If u need kidney for a Pathistani patient in India, u will have a rebillion against your self at this forum. Many path Isanti people beg for Indian visas for treatment, but pathistani terrorists kill even more Indians than we are able to save their innocent people. One option for you is to put this ad in Pathistani newspapers, so that to be future terrorists can donate their organs, and earn goo money for their poor families.
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            Nishant
            Jul 1, 2017 at 11:07 pm
            If OBOR/CPEC fails due to India opposing Path originated terror, which is happening already, it will be g success for India. It will be an unparalleled victory of Indian diplomacy. The cost to Path is tan will be borne by this and many future generations. They have found a new master for doing gulaami, as gulaami characteristics and corruption is in their blo od.
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              Nishant
              Jul 1, 2017 at 11:02 pm
              PHASE TWO of Indian diplomacy's success has already begun. Remember just shortly before CPEC/OBOR, Path Istan had put Saeed under house arrest, for no rime or reason, at that particular time of their choosing. One good reason was Chinese pressure, as Pathi sponsored terrorism could become an unexpected concern for parti ting nations, especially agents like Masood ruling the media and uttering non-sense jihadi venom. This is happening NOW. In one way we should celebrate, that true face of PathI establishment, ruled by jihadi/ Zia legacy era generals is being exposed. We can STILL go to OBOR parti ting nations, and tell them to forget this project, as China has openly supported these terrorists in United nations, by abusing the veto powers that world has MISTAKENLY given to them. They do not deserve their due place in the comity of responsible nations. Pathi sponsored and originated jihadi terror has left a lengthy trail of death and destruction all across the globe.
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                chitta
                Jul 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm
                Muslims are famous in every field whether good or bad. They does not follow thousand Gods. There is only one God Allah and one Holy book Quran.
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                  Joseph Mumbai
                  Jul 1, 2017 at 11:40 pm
                  Muslims are most backwards and intolerant. They k ill minorities. No democracy, no free press. Empty in science and technology. No space program. Tiny Israel can defeat 51 plus Muslims country. So get real. You must be drinking too much or on medication.
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                    indian man
                    Jul 2, 2017 at 12:12 am
                    Mr Joseph. If Muslims are so backward and intolerant than where you will place Salman Khan, amir and Sahruk Khan. Abdul Kalam who is scientist, Sania Mirza, Md. Ajharudin. MD. Rafi and many more. I hope they are Muslim. So get real. You Might be drinking too much or on medication.
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                      Joseph Mumbai
                      Jul 2, 2017 at 2:48 am
                      Salman Khan and other Muslim actors male and female will be k illed in Muslim majority countries. That's why Muslim majority countries don't have a film industry. Where you express freely, celebrate nudity, show open se xual emotions. For science Abdul Kalam had the right atmosphere in secular India. Name one Muslim majority country that excels in science and technology. Think about it. Change.
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                        Raja Mushtaq Yaqub
                        Jul 2, 2017 at 9:36 am
                        Joseph sb sy barah terarest to india ha jo kashmireyo ko shaheed kr raha ha jis ny gujrat main musalmanu ka qatal keya.jis ny sirilanka main dashatgardi ke jo blochestan main dahstgardi kr raha ha.
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                      romi
                      Jul 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm
                      terrorists says will continue give moral diplomatic support is he speaking the p a k government double lauguage ? how can a global terrorist give diplomatic support ???
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