USA Declares Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as Terrorist Group

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USA has designated Hizbul Mujahideen — also known as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, also known as HM — as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

It has also imposed sanctions on this Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant group.

The sanctions prohibit U.S. companies and U.S nationals from doing business with the militant group, block its assets in the United States and make it a high-profile target for law enforcement authorities worldwide.

In June 2017, USA declared Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, a global terrorist and imposed sanctions aimed at suppressing his organization.

Founded in 1989 in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen — “the Party of Holy Warriors” — is considered to be the largest militant group in Kashmir.

The group has been branded a terrorist organization by India and the European Union as well.