Srinagar: The head of the largest Kashmir-based militant group-Hizbul Mujahideen- is the latest addition to the US State Department’s terror list.
Mohammad Yusuf Shah, known as Syed Salahuddin, the head of Hizb was added to the U.S. ‘terror list’ on Monday. Under his command, the group has claimed credit for several attacks against government forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
Joining the ranks of ‘U.S.-designated terrorists’ that includes Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and senior leaders of the Haqqani Network, Salahuddin’s addition is being seen as a diplomatic win for India.
New Delhi has been lobbying Washington for his addition to the list amid growing violence in Kashmir and surrounding areas. The announcement of Salahuddin’s addition to the terror list came hours before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Trump during a first visit by any Indian leader to Washington since Trump took office in January.