Two days after the US Department of State designated Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) as a foreign terrorist organisation, Pakistan in its reply said it was disappointed with US’ decision.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that declaring organisations supporting the freedom movement in Kashmir as terrorist outfit is completely ‘unjustified’.
“We are disappointed (with the US decision) in view of the fact that Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute,” he said.
In an order, the State Department had said that the designation of the Hizbul Mujahideen as a terror organisation would deny it the resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks, its assets in the US would be frozen, and US citizens prohibited from engaging with the group.
Formed in 1989, Hizbul Mujahideen is one of oldest militant groups operating in the Kashmir Valley and is led by Specially Designated Global Terrorist Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as Syed Salahuddin.