Hizbul Mujahideen chief vowed to continue fight on “liberation” of Kashmir

Syed Salahuddin, center, top leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen, waves to his supporters who showered rose petals upon his arrival for a press conference in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani controlled Kashmir, Saturday, July 1, 2017. A prominent Kashmir rebel leader recently blacklisted as a terrorist by the United States vowed to continue his armed struggle against the Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region until the region of liberated from New Delhi. (AP Photo/M.D. Mughal)

Vastavam web: Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin today vowed to continue the struggle for “liberation” of Kashmir from India, days after the US blacklisted him as a “global terrorist”.Addressing the media amid tight security at the Centre Press Club in Muzaffarabad for the first time since the US declared him a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” on June 27, Salahuddin rejected the US decision and said he was a freedom fighter and not a terrorist.”The US cannot provide a single example of when I and other Kashmiri fighters committed any act of terrorism,” he said. “Kashmiri freedom fighters have a code of conduct to not harm minorities, the elderly, children and women, and if sometimes the enemy offers a peace deal, we accept it.”

He also announced to observe a “Week of Resistance” from Monday to commemorate the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul commander who was killed on July 8 last year in an encounter in Kashmir. Salahuddidn also led a protest rally in Muzaffarabad. In a notification, the State Department 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.”