US Declares Anti-India Militant a Terrorist: A Message for China, Pakistan


The United States declared Sayed Salahuddin a terrorist as a recent development in the World politics. The yet most serious and pro-Indian move has angered the Pakistani establishment and sensitized the Chinese authorities in Beijing. The declaration of the Kashmiri militant is also an announcement about the US the amazing policy shift on Sub-Continental affairs.

Previously, China has vetoed the US-backed resolutions in the Security Council to declare Maulana Masood Azhar a terrorist. Maulana Masood Azhar is the leader of Jaish-e-Muhammad which was formed by Masood Azhar after he was released from the Indian captivity in the late 90’s. The followers of Massod Azhar hijacked an India plan as a result of which Indian government had to release Masood Azhar.


The hijacked plane was then taken to Kandahar, the spiritual capital of the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. Taliban mediated a successful deal between the Indian government and the hijackers which resulted in the release of both the hostages and Maulana Masood Azhar. India forces arrested Masood after his visit to the Indian-held Kashmir on charges of espionage. Masood Azhar was also blamed for re-grouping the resistance fighters. Masood Azhar was visiting the Indian held Kashmir under the diplomatic cover of visa and passport.

The latest move by the United States points to a major policy shift. According to a bill recently passed in the US legislature, aid to Pakistan is made dependent on its policies towards in the South Asia and Afghanistan. According to the legislation, Dr. Shakil Afridi who lead the expedition of finding Usama Bin Laden is declared a hero. Further aid to Pakistan is recommended to be conditioned with the release of Dr. Shakeel. Other conditions set for Pakistan include action against Haqqani network.

Cleared for release by Joint Staff Public Affairs
110711-N-TT977-034 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen speaks with Chinese Gen. Chen Bingde, Chief of the Peoples Liberation Army’s General Staff during a ceremony welcoming Mullen to Beijing, China on July 11, 2011. Mullen is on a three-day trip to the country meeting with counterparts and Chinese leaders. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

Consequently, Pakistan and China have started looking for the alternatives. China too does not like the US-India affair and wants to divert the power play towards Pakistan. Pakistan has achieved the full member status of the Shinghai Cooperation council. Pakistan has also conducted military exercises with the Russia for the first time in history. Many deals including arms and commerce have been signed between the Russia and Pakistan. Russian troops visited Pakistan for the first time in history and were briefed by their Pakistani counterparts on the anti-terror operations in the tribal areas. China has invested heavily in the Pakistani military and economy. Recently, China is spending more than 56 billion US dollars in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).


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