Jammu and Kashmir deputy CM Nirmal Singh welcomes US' decision to name Syed Salahuddin a 'global terrorist'
Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has welcomed the declaration of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a 'global terrorist' by the US.
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has welcomed the declaration of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a "global terrorist" by the US.
"The announcement to declare him (Salahuddin) a global terrorist has completely exposed Pakistan as a home, safe sanctuary and launching pad of top terrorists including Salahuddin," Singh said on Tuesday.
Over the years, Pakistan has been giving shelter to terrorists including Salahuddin, Osama Bin Laden, Hafiz Saeed, Azhar Masood and Dawood Ibrahim, he said.
The US had yesterday declared Salahuddin as a "global terrorist", dealing a major blow to Pakistan.
In a notification, the US State Department has 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," Singh said.
"It is a welcome step. This announcement by the US is a big development as the world has now accepted that Pakistan has waged a proxy way by using its terror stooges like Salahuddin, Azhar Masood and Hafiz Saeed against India," he said.
"Salahuddin is to us, what Osama was to US. He is involved in all types of terror attacks through his Hizbul outfit in Kashmir killing people and security persons for the past 27 years," he said.
One of the militants was identified as Ishfaq Dar alias Abu Akram, a top commander of LeT, said DGP Dilbag Singh
As per the Jammu and Kashmir Police, approximately 5 kilograms of explosives have been recovered from the drone.
This comes after army officials revealed that the new modus operandi to indoctrinate and train Kashmiri youth in militancy was to call them through proper visa channels, rather than having them take the risk of crossing the border illegally.