US sanctions Kashmiri group Hizbul Mujahideen

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday said it had sanctioned Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of the anti-Indian Kashmiri groups engaged in conflict in the divided Himalayan territory.
In a statement on its website, the US Treasury Department said it had listed the group as a counter- designated group, freezing any assets it may hold in the United States and prohibiting Americans from any dealings with it.
The move came two months after the US Department of State declared the group’s chief Syed Salahuddin a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”.
Reacting to the move, the Foreign Office had said “the designation of individuals supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as terrorists is completely unjustified.”


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