Will continue to support Kashmir people, Pak: India has options besides surgical strikes, Army Chief Bipin Rawat

Army Chief Bipin Rawat.

New Delhi, June 28: Describing the US designation of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist, as “completely unjustified”, Pakistan said it will continue its “political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri people”.

The US Government’s decision to declare Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist would help in choking his movements and financing, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said today. Salahuddin, head of the Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, was a “coward” who had “run away” to Pakistan, Mehrishi said.

“What the US did is correct. He (Salahuddin) is a terrorist and he has now been declared so. This declaration by the US may probably help in impacting his movements and funding,” Mehrishi told reporters on the sidelines of an event of border guarding force ITBP. The US yesterday categorised Salahuddin a specially designated global terrorist, a move welcomed by India which said it underlines quite strongly that both the countries face the threat of terrorism.

While the Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat affirmed that India has options besides surgical strikes.

“Pakistan thinks it is fighting an easy war that’s paying them dividends, but we have options other than surgical strikes that are far more impactful and effective. Our army is not barbaric. I don’t want to collect heads because we are a disciplined force,” he said referring to the beheading and mutilation of Indian soldiers on the border on May 1, allegedly by the Pakistan Army.

Outside Secretary S Jaishankar said in Washington that the assignment was “a solid flag leaving the organisation that it is focused on closure fear in all forms”. “We should make the stride for what it is. It is settling the obligation, highlighting the issue. There is a motioning out of it, it is concentrating on a specific gathering and specific person. None of us can truly miss that message,” he said.

The move by the US State Department came hours before the initial meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump at the White House. As a result of this assignment, US residents are disallowed from participating in exchanges with Salahuddin. All of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are also blocked.

A service representative made no reference by name to the Pakistan-based Salahuddin, who was on Monday – only in front of the meeting in Washington between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – assigned by the State Department as a worldwide terrorist. The representative said Pakistan had exhibited its “long-standing sense of duty regarding fighting fear based oppression in every one of its structures and indications”. The representative turned out emphatically in help of the separatist gatherings in Kashmir.