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.
Updated Date: Jun 28, 2017 08:47:21 IST