The US yesterday declared Salahuddin as a “global terrorist”, dealing a major blow to Pakistan.
In a notification, the State Department said Salahuddin, who hails from Kashmir and is based in Pakistan for the last 28 years, “has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism.”
The US took the step against the militant group’s 71- year-old head, whose original name is Mohammed Yusuf Shah, as he had “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”.
Pakistan has been completely exposed in its support to Kashmir as no major world powers share Pak view on Kashmir any more. However, in a face saving measure the Pak foreign office described the US’ designation of individuals supporting the right of “self-determination” of Kashmiris as terrorists, “completely unjustified”. This statement is for domestic consumption and made due to the Army’s pressure.