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US decision to blacklist Hizbul Mujahideen as terror outfit unjustified: Pak

PTI
Published : Aug 17, 2017, 7:28 pm IST
Updated : Aug 17, 2017, 7:28 pm IST

The US decision came nearly 2 months after declaring its Pakistan-based chief Salahuddin as a global terrorist.

 Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that declaring organisations or groups supporting freedom struggle in Kashmir as terrorist outfits is completely unjustified. (Photo: PTI/File)
  Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that declaring organisations or groups supporting freedom struggle in Kashmir as terrorist outfits is completely unjustified. (Photo: PTI/File)

Islamabad: Pakistan was "disappointed" with the US decision to designate the Kashmiri militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist organisation and the move was "unjustified," the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

The US yesterday designated the Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist group, nearly two months after declaring its Pakistan-based chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist.

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"Declaring organisations or groups supporting freedom struggle in Kashmir as terrorist outfits is completely unjustified," Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said during his weekly press conference here.

He said the US decision did not take into account "the 70-year struggle of Kashmiris." "We are disappointed (with the US decision) in view of the fact that Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute," he said.

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He reiterated Pakistan's "moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiri people's struggle". Formed in 1989, Hizbul Mujahideen is one of the largest and oldest militant groups operating in Kashmir.

Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

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