Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Tuesday released a statement supporting Syed Salahuddin, who was declared global terrorist by the United States of America.
In the statement Pakistan said, 'those who are fighting for Kashmir are not terrorist."
Hours before the Modi-Trump meet, the US had declared the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist.
The State Department said it had designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, widely known as Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).
A State Department statement said that in September 2016, Salahuddin had vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers and vowed to turn the Kashmir Valley "into a graveyard for Indian forces".
"Under Salahuddin's tenure as senior Hizbul Mujahideen leader, (the group) has claimed responsibility for several attacks including the April 2014 explosives attack in Jammu and Kashmir which injured 17 people," the statement said.