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Syed Salah U Deen
Born 18 February 1946(1946-02-18)
Badgam, Jammu and Kashmir
Spouse(s) Kashmiri Muslim
Children 7 Sons

Sayeed Salahudeen, Syed Salahudin, (born, Mohammed Yusuf Shah, 1946) is the head of the Hizbul Mujahideen, militant outfit in Kashmir and head of an alliance of Kashmiri militant organizations, the Muttahida Jihad Council, that supports the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir's accession to Pakistan. He also believes that the practical mechanism to solve Kashmir dispute is by "accepting the right to self-determination".[1 ]

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Early life

Born as the last seventh child of his parents at Soibugh, Budgam, a village in the Kashmir Valley, Mohammed Yusaf Shah initially became interested in studying medicine, but later on decided to become a civil servant. While studying Political Science at University of Kashmir, he started to become influenced by the Jamaat-e-Islami, and become a member of its branch in the Kashmir Valley.

At University, he got involved in persuading Muslim women to veil themselves and also took part in processions in support of Pakistan. After University, he decided not to join the civil service, but instead he became an Islamic preacher at a Madrasa.

He is married with 7 sons. His oldest son, Shahid Yusuf, works as a teacher, while Javed Yusuf, is an agricultural technologist, who trained at the prestigious Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology. Shah's third son Shakeel Yusuf, works as a medical assistant at Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. Wahid Yusuf, studies in Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Government Medical College, after the family's affluent contacts helped him obtain a seat through a quota controlled by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor. Momin Yusuf, the youngest of Shah's sons, studies engineering in the town of Pattan.

Political life

In 1987, Mohammed Yusaf Shah decided to contest an election on the ticket of the Muslim United Front, a coalition of Muslim political parties in Srinagar's Amirakadal Constituency. He came second after Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah of the National Conference won the seat, amidst allegations of rigging and bogus polling. Mohammed Yusaf Shah was arrested and put in jail for agitation against rigging by National Conference with the help of Central Government. This angered Kashmiri Muslims and anti-India sentiments started growing in Kashmir Valley.

After his release in 1989, he was allegedly threatened by National Conference Workers of dire consequenses. This convinced him that armed struggle was the only solution to the Kashmiri problem.He then formed an armed militant organisation with the help of Shams-ul-Haq, Maqbool Illahi, Abdullah Bangro, Majeed Daar and others, called the Hizbul Mujahideen. He adoped the nom de guerre "Sayeed Salahudeen", named after Saladin, the 12th century Muslim political and military leader, who fought in the Crusades.

He crossed the Line of Control many times to conduct operations in the Kashmir Valley against the Indian Army. Since 1995, he has been living in Pakistan.

To most of the Kashmiris, he is a freedom fighter and a spiritual leader. He popularity is evident in the protest marches of the Kashmiris.

External links

  1. ^ Mir, Hamid (Saturday, January 6, 2007). "The most wanted man in India". Canada Free Press. http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/mir010607.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  

References

Most Wanted Profiles of Terror by K.P.S Gill, ISBN 81-7436-207-X

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