US Designates Hizbul Mujahideen as Foreign Terrorist Organisation (Download PDF)

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The United States named Pakistan based Kashmiri terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a “Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) ” paving way for a series of US sanctions dealing blow to Pakistan projecting the militant group as a voice of Kashmiri people and validates India’s position on cross-border terrorism.

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Image of Hizbul Mujahideen as Foreign Terrorist Organisation

Image of Hizbul Mujahideen as Foreign Terrorist Organisation

Other Terrorist Outfits in US List

  • Include Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) - 2001.

  • Includes anti-India groups, al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (2016) and Indian Mujahideen (2011).

What Does It Mean?

The purpose of this designation is to deny Hizbul Mujahideen the resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks.

  • Expose and isolate terrorist groups and individuals denying them access to the US financial system.

  • Assists the law enforcement activities of US agencies

  • Blocks all of Hizbul Mujahideen’s property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction

  • Prohibits US citizens from engaging in transactions with the group.

  • US also added the Hizbul Mujahideen’s Pakistan-based chief Syed Salahuddin to list of designated global terrorists

Significance

The decision is important with the upsurge in the terror activities of the militant group in Kashmir in recent months.

About Hizbul Mujahideen

  • Hizbul Mujahideen is largest and oldest terrorist groups operating in Kashmir.

  • Started in 1989 by Muhammad Ahsan Dar as Kashmiri separatist group

  • Holds pro-Pakistan ideology

  • Current commander is a Sayeed Salahudeen based in Rawalpindi in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)

  • Already designated a terrorist organisation by India and European Union

- Published/Last Modified on: September 21, 2017

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