<p>Syed Salahudeen (born 18 February 1946) or Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah, is the head of the Hizbul Mujahideen, a key Pakistan-based and Pakistan-supported terrorist group operating 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. Salahudeen regularly asserts that "the practical mechanism to solve Kashmir dispute is by accepting the right to self-determination".
Born as the last seventh child of middle class parents at Soibugh, Budgam, a village in the Kashmir Valley. His father worked in the Postal Department in the government. 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 Islamist 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, as he regarded this as traitorous to the</p>