US move to blacklist Hizb 'unjustified', says Pak

US move to blacklist Hizb 'unjustified', says Pak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan was "disappointed" with the US decision to designate the Kashmiri outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist organisation and the move was "unjustified," the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

The US on Wednesday designated the Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist group, nearly two months after declaring its Pakistan-based chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist.

"Declaring organisations or groups supporting freedom struggle in Kashmir as terrorist outfits is completely unjustified," Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said during his weekly press conference here.

He said the US decision did not take into account "the 70-year struggle of Kashmiris."

"We are disappointed (with the US decision) in view of the fact that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute," he said.

He reiterated Pakistan's "moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiri people's struggle".

Formed in 1989, Hizbul Mujahideen is one of the largest and oldest terrorist groups and has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.