- US brands Salahuddin a global terrorist before PM Modi-Trump meet
- Pak says 'completely unjustified', will support Kashmiri 'struggle'
- India says move could choke Salahuddin's funding and movements
"The designation of individuals supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as terrorists is completely unjustified," a Pakistani spokesperson said in a statement that did not name the 71-year-old Salahuddin. "Pakistan shall continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support for the just struggle of the Kashmiri people," the foreign ministry statement said.
Wanted in India for a series of terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir that have targeted security forces and civilians, Salahuddin has been operating out of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The American announcement, that India said could choke Salahuddin's funding and operations, came hours before a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump at the White House.
A native of Budgam district in central Kashmir, Salahuddin had shifted to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir around 1989 from where he played a key role in fuelling militancy in Kashmir for 27 years; training and arming youth before sending them back to the Kashmir valley. He also heads the United Jihad Council, the umbrella body set up in the mid-1990s to oversee terror outfits active in Jammu and Kashmir.
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