Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hizb chief Salahuddin flays US, denounces `terrorist' tag

Jul 02 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
Hizb chief Salahuddin flays US, denounces `terrorist' tag

Calls Decision Stupid; Vows To Fight For Jammu & Kashmir
Denouncing the `global terrorist' tag slapped on him by the United States, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Sala huddin on Saturday vowed to con tinue his fight in Kashmir until the “lib eration“ of the Himalyan region from Indian control.“This fight will not end without liberating Kashmir from illegal Indian occupation,“ Salahuddin, 70, told a news conference in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir, amid tight security.
The US State Department declared Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jihad Council, a Pakistan-backed alliance of anti-Indian Kashmiri militant groups, a specially designated global terrorist (SDGT) on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington.
The militant leader, surrounded by gun-wielding bodyguards, said the declaration was a joint move by the US, Israel, and India to express their animosity towards Pakistan.
Rejecting the US declaration of his special terrorist status, Salahuddin called the decision stupid and idiotic. “Trump's decision will be thrown out if anyone challenges it in US courts.No other Western nation has endorsed what this crazy Donald Trump has done,“ he remarked.
“The US cannot provide a single example to prove that I or other Kashmiri fighters committed any act of terrorism,“ he said. “Kashmiri freedom fighters have a declared code of conduct to not harm minorities, the elderly , children and women, and if sometimes the enemy offers a peace deal, we accept it.“
“There are examples when we avoided killing Indian soldiers who had surrendered before Kashmiri freedom fighters.Instead we sent them back home with travel allowances during the 1990s,“ he maintained.
He claimed that his fighters have the capability to strike in side the Indian territory . “We don't do it because that would provide New Delhi an opportunity to malign the freedom struggle of mujahideen,“ he said.
He alleged that the Islamic State (IS) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) responsible for terrorist attacks in Pakistan were backed by India, Israel and the US to weaken Pakistan. “We condemn all actions of the IS and TTP . They are both agents of Trump, Modi and Israel,“ he added.

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