Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who has been branded as a 'global terrorist' by the United States, admitted in a TV interview to having carried out terror attacks on Indian soil.
In an interview to Pakistan's Geo News, Salahuddin said that Hizbul has carried out terror attacks in India and added that he and his terror outfit, the Hizbul Mujahideen, have a lot of supporters in India.
He said, "Khud India ke andar hamare bahot saare supporters hai. Jo hamse hamdardi hai. Jo samajh hai Kashmiri maslo mein. Jo hamse hamdardi karte hai. (We have many supporters in India who sympathise with us and have an understanding of the Kashmir issue.)"
"Hamne chand karyavaahi karke dikhai lekin 9/11 ke baad international scenario badal gaya aur hamne yeh chaha ki agar hamari karyavaahia, Kashmir se bahar jaari rahi, India ko mauka milega Kashmir ki tehreek par ek terrorism ki label chaspaan karne ki. (We carried out a few terror attacks but after 9/11, the world scenario changed. And we realised, that if we continued to carry out terror attacks outside Kashmir, then India would get an opportunity to label Kashmir as a terror state.)"
Salahuddin also admitted to purchasing weapons from international markets, adding that he has the capacity to deliver weapons at any place if he is paid for it.
"Hathiyaar international market se aate hai. Aap mujhe paise de. Aapko yaha pahocha ke de dunga. Kaha pahochana hai? Main aapko de dunga. Sirf mujhe paise chahiye. (We get the arms from the international market. All I want is money. You tell me where you want the arms. I will have them delivered there,) " the Hizbul chief added.
The US recently designated Syed Salahuddin, the head of Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, as a specially designated global terrorist, a move welcomed by India which said it underlines quite strongly that both the countries face threat of terrorism.