Basit shrugged off Unites States’s announcement who dubbed him as specially designated global terrorist.
While speaking to news agency ANI, Basit asserted that Salahuddin is struggling for the right to self-determination of Kashmiris. He said,"We don't agree with him being a global terrorist and also criticize the decision on part of the United States as well.”
The United States had declared Salahuddin a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).
In 2003, Dawood Ibrahim became the first Indian to be called an SDGT by the United States.