The US State Department today designated Syed Salahuddin, the head of Kashmiri militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, as a specially designated global terrorist. The decision was immediately welcomed by India.
The move comes just hours before the first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump at the White House.
As a consequence of this designation, US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked.
As a senior leader of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), the State Department said in September, 2016, Salahuddin, also known as Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah, vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces”.
“Under Salahuddin s tenure as senior HM leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people,” the State Department said.
Following the designation of Salahuddin as the global terrorist, the State Department in a notification said he has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism.
Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system.
Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other nations, it said.
However, the similar measures against other terror accused Pakistanis by the US has been little effective. Despite $10 million bounty on the Mumbai terror attacks accused, Hafiz Saeed, roamed freely in Pakistan for a long time until Pakistan arrested him earlier this year.
In 2003, the US Treasury Department had declared underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, wanted in 1993 Bombay blasts case, a global terrorist. 14 years have passed and Dawood is still believed to be living in Pakistan.
(With PTI inputs)