US designates Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin as a 'global-terrorist'
On June 27, ahead of Modi's meeting with Trump, the US named Hizbul Mujahideen Chief, Syed Salahuddin as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist', tacitly justifying India's position that cross-border terrorism has been fuelling violence in Kashmir.
"It underlines strongly the fact that both India and the US face the threat of terrorism and are working together to counter this threat", India's MEA had said.
"Till now our focus was on Indian occupation forces. All the operations that we have done or are underway, we focus only on the installations of these occupational forces," Salahuddin said during an interview with Geo TV.
On July 1, he said during a rally in Muzaffarabad that his "fighters' attacks were on legitimate military targets as opposed to civilians."