ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has categorically rejected India-US joint notification that termed Kashmiri’ Hizb-ul-Mujahideen’s chief Syed Salahuddin a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

Nafees Zakaria, the spokesperson for the Foreign Office (FO) has held the designation non-favourable for peace and stability in South Asia. The office has stated that it is unacceptable to brand Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom, terrorism.

The department has lambasted Indian government in its reaction after the notification for sponsoring Taliban in Afghanistan against Pakistan.

Zakaria further said that Donald Trump-Narendra Modi meeting was an opportunity to ask India to quit peace-compromising policies. He further said that sale of advanced weaponry to India would trigger her into a coercive campaign against Pakistan.

Earlier this week, the US State Department imposed sanctions on Syed Salahuddin.

The move means the United States now considers Salahuddin, also known as Mohammad Yusuf Shah, a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist,” the State Department said in a statement.

Salahuddin in September vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, officials said, threatened to train more suicide bombers, and turn the disputed valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces.”

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