Global terrorist warns India, says can hit targets any time, anywhere

New Delhi: The Pakistan-bred terrorist Syed Salahuddin has again spewed venom against India claiming that his men have the capability to attack India. Salahuddin, a US-designated 'global terrorist', told a a Pakistani television channel that he and his terror organisation Hizbul Mujahideen have carried out many militant attacks in India.

“We have launched attacks against Indian forces and security installations and will continue to do so. We can strike anywhere in India at the time of our choosing. But we will not launch attacks against civilians or any public places,” Salahuddin (Whose real name is Mohmmad Yousuf Shah) told Geo TV..

"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," Hizbul chief added..

Meanwhile, the Centre on Monday condemned Salahuddin's recent utterances against India, and said his designation as a global terrorist by the United States was "well deserved". Home ministry spokesperson Ashok Prasad said the government had been describing Salahuddin as a terrorist all along, and his own remarks had confirmed that. "His designation as a global terrorist by the US is well deserved," he told reporters here.

Prasad said Salahuddin was also "instrumental" in providing funds to terrorists and separatists and giving other kinds of assistance to the terrorists.

Salahuddin had on July 1 claimed that his group had the capability to launch attacks inside India. The US declared him a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" on June 27.

"We are not terrorists... Our struggle is for freedom from India and it will continue till the liberation of Kashmir," the 71-year-old separatist, who is based in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, had said.

Agencies/ News24Bureau