Syed Salahuddin
On 26 June, the US Department of State designated Salahuddin, as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' - Representational ImageREUTERS/Mian Khursheed

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has confessed to carrying out terror attacks against India, reported ANI.

Speaking to Geo TV, Salahuddin said he carried out many operations in India and added that the international scenario changed after 9/11.

"If we would have taken our operations out of Kashmir at that time, India would get a chance to label Kashmir-e-Tehreek a terrorist organization. We have support and we can target any place in India, at anytime," he added.

He also admitted to purchasing weapons from international markets and said he was capable of delivering weapons at any place if he was paid for it.

Syed Salahuddin, who has been branded a global terrorist by the United States, said, "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."

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

He asserted that Kashmir was his home and it had witnessed an uprising since the killing of Burhan Wani.

"We have many supporters in India who sympathise with us and have an understanding of the Kashmir issue," he said.

On 26 June, the US Department of State designated Salahuddin a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist'.

"Department of State has designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequence of this designation, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin's property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked," the State Department said in a statement.