Monday, July 3, 2017

Salahuddin -Hizb chief: Have hit India, can do it again

Jul 04 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
Hizb chief: Have hit India, can do it again

Within a week of being designated a `global terrorist' by the United States, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin appeared for a TV interview on Monday in which he claimed terror attacks on India in the past, and also warned that his outfit could strike Indian targets anywhere, any time.“Our focus is on Indian occupation forces, their movement and installations.It is against our code of conduct to target civilians or public places,“ he said. “In all operations that we have carried out or are under way , we focus only on the installations of these occupational forces,“ said Salahuddin, who had threatened in September 2016 to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces“ in an exclusive interview to TOI.
“We have the strength and capacity to strike at any time in India. But it would provide an opportunity to New Delhi to malign our just and legitimate struggle in Kashmir,“ Salahuddin told Geo News.
“We had carried out operations outside Kashmir in the past but gave up when the global perception about militancy changed after 911,“ Salahuddin told the channel. The channel did not disclose how the United Jihad Council chief was accessed. Salahuddin said his men would target civilians and politicians who work as spies for Indian forces against his mujahideen, and criticized Pakistan for only extending moral and political support to the Kashmir movement. “Pakistan is a party to the Kashmir dispute and if it had supported us militarily, we would have earlier liberated the region from Indian control,“ he said. Salahuddin denied that Pakistan provides weapons to his fighters. “We purchase weapons from the international market and get financial support from Kashmiris spread around the world.“
“I can provide you any weapon from the international market if you give me the required amount.“ Criticizing his designation as global terrorist by the US, he described himself as a freedom fighter. He said Trump's action has further strengthened him. Two days ago, Salahuddin had called Donald Trump “crazy“ for the move against him. The State Department declared him a global terrorist during PM Modi's visit to Washington last week. “Trump's decision will be thrown out if anyone challenges it in American courts. No other Western nation has endorsed what this crazy Donald Trump has done,“ Salahuddin had said at the rally in Muzaffarabad on Saturday. He also refused to challenge Trump's decision himself but appealed to people to take it up in US courts. “We welcome anyone who challenges Trump's decision of declaring me terrorist in US courts,“ he said.

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