Confessions of a Terrorist

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin latest admission that he and his outfit had carried out many attacks on Indian security forces and installations was described by New Delhi as a confirmation of its long-standing position that he was a terrorist leader and proof of Pakistan's involvement in export of terror.

Salahuddin, recently designated by the US as a “global terrorist“, said in an interview to Pakistan-based Geo News, “We have launched attacks against Indian forces and security installations and will continue to do so. We can strike anywhere in India at the time of our choosing.“

When asked from where he sourced the weapons, Salahuddin said they were mostly purchased from the international arms market. He could provide any weapon from the international market if the required money was given to him, he claimed.

The government said the interview only highlighted the unabashed manner in which terrorist organisations and leaders enjoyed freedom of operation in Pakistan, including access to terror financing and procurement and supply of weapons for terrorism.

It is a matter of deep regret that senior Pakistan functionaries continue to justify and defend the activities of such internationally designated terrorist entities and leaders who are responsible for killing thousands of innocent civilians over the past three decades. The government also asked Pakistan to give up its policy of cross-border terrorism, fulfill its obligations under international resolutions and stop all activities of terrorists from territory under its control.

Pakistan dismissed the US designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a “global terrorist“, saying it was not a UN decision but a move by the Trump administration to “appease“ India.

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