It is notable that the announcement was made at that time when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to have a maiden meeting with US President Donald Trump after few hours.
An excerpt from the statement issued by Pakistan read, “The designation of individuals supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as terrorists is completely unjustified”. The State Department said that under Salahuddin, Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for several attacks.
Salahuddin is now based on the Pakistani side of the divided territory, where he leads Kashmir’s largest indigenous rebel group fighting Indian rule across a heavily militarized de-facto border.
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The joint statement also recognised India’s role in Afghanistan and the USA offered to help New Delhi in cementing its ties with Kabul. He added that the decision is more symbolic as Americans have a direct stake but it will not deter the political resistance in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar said it was a matter of great concern that the USA administration had started speaking the tone of India, which was not only involved in massive human rights violations in Held Kashmir but also suppressing Kashmiris’ legitimate and just movement for the right to self-determination. After failing to be a politician, Salahuddin turned to militancy and fled to PoK in 1989. Though this is a very good move by the USA, it would have proved more worthy, if the move had come a quarter-century ago, when Salahuddin skillfully turned Hizbul into Pakistan’s catspaw in Kashmir. Terror outfits are termed “Foreign Terrorist Organizations” and individuals acting as part of a terrorist organization are designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
“Salahuddin and his organisation have been fighting illegal Indian rule in IOK where security forces have been committing crimes against humanity”, said AJK President Sardar Masood Khan.
“It underlines also quiet strongly the fact the both India and the U.S. face threat of terrorism and they are working together to counter this threat, not in one particular area, but globally because terrorism knows no boundaries”, he said. It can also complement the law enforcement actions of other nations.
“We have to say that Pakistan stands at the frontline of counter-terrorism fight and has been making efforts in this regard”.
But the term “Indian-Administered Kashmir” appears to have been used rarely for a designated terrorist listing, notably only once, when the Jaish e Mohammad was added to the list in 2001.