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AJK protesters rally to condemn blacklisting of Hizbul Mujahideen by US

MUZAFARABAD -UNS- A rally to condemn the United States’ recent decision to blacklist Hizbul Mujahideen as a ‘terrorist organisation’ was held in Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), on Thursday.

The US decision came weeks after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Syed Salahuddin was designated a global terrorist.

“Hizbul Mujahideen is a not a terrorist organisation but stands for the sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris and is the centre of their hopes,” read a banner carried by protesters.

The demonstrators chanted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans while condemning the US decision as they walked from Burhan Wani Chowk to Garhipan Chowk.

“You can withhold our properties and [bank] accounts if there are any [in the US], but you cannot force us to give up our legitimate struggle for freedom,” Shaikh Jamilur Rehman, secretary general of United Jihad Council (UJC), said.

“We will carry on our struggle, which is in accordance with the UN Charter, until the eviction of the last Indian soldier from our motherland,” he vowed.

The UJC is an amalgam of over a dozen groups fighting India’s occupation of Kashmir. Salahuddin serves as its chairman.

Rehman rubbished what he called “propaganda against Kashmiri separatist groups” as “an attempt to please the Narendra Modi-led Indian government.”

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