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US designates Kashmir militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen as 'foreign terrorist group'

Washington: The US on Wednesday designated Kashmir militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a "foreign terrorist organisation", nearly two months after declaring the group's Pakistan-based chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist.

The designation, which slaps a series of US sanctions on the outfit, came against the backdrop of upsurge in the terrorist activities of the militant group in Kashmir in recent months.

"These designations seek to deny Hizbul Mujahideen th resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks," the Stat Department said in a statement. Doordarshan also tweeted a picture of the official statement from the US Department of State.

Among other consequences, all of Hizbul Mujahideen' property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the group.

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Sayeed Salahudeen. Image courtesy: @ANI_news

FIle image of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Sayeed Salahudeen. ANI

The US decision marks a severe blow to Pakistan which has been projecting the militant group as a voice of Kashmir people.

Pakistan's powerful Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa an ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif have repeatedly praised th militant group's slain commander Burhan Wani who was killed in July last year in an encounter in Kashmir.

Formed in 1989, Hizbul Mujahideen is one of the larges and oldest militant groups operating in Kashmir.

Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for severa attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

The State Department said terrorism designations expos and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny the access to the US financial system. Moreover, designations ca assist the law enforcement activities of US agencies and othe governments, it said

Updated Date: Aug 16, 2017 21:10 PM

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