The US Department of State on Monday declared Syed Salahuddin, the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HuM), a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”, hours before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Trump.
The US government has — under Section 1[b] of Executive Order [E O] 13224 that “imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States” — prohibited all Americans from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin while “all of Salahuddin’s properties and interests in properties subject to US jurisdiction are blocked,” according to a statement released by the US Department of State.
Salahuddin is reverentially known as “Pir Sahib” among the ranks of freedom fighters in Indian-occupied Kashmir. HuM is the largest indigenous separatist group fighting against Indian-rule in the Himalayan territory since an armed insurrection broke out in 1989.
Several armed rebel groups are fighting against Indian rule, with tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, killed in the nearly three decades-old conflict.
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