Abdul Ghani Lone

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Abdul Ghani Lone (Urdu;عُبدالغنی لُون) (About this sound pronunciation  AHB-duhl GAH-nee LOHN[needs IPA] 6 May 1932 – 21 May 2002) was a Kashmiri lawyer, politician and Kashmiri separatist leader.

Early life[edit]

Lone was born in Dard Hare, Kupwara District. He earned a law degree from Aligarh Muslim University in 1957. His daughter is Shabnam Lone. Shabnam Lone is an Indian Supreme Court lawyer.

Career[edit]

He made his entry into politics serving in the state assembly as a Congress candidate in 1967. In 1978, he formed a Kashmiri separatist organization called People's Conference dedicated to "the restoration of 'internal autonomy' in Kashmir."[citation needed]

Assassination[edit]

He was assassinated on 21 May 2002 while commemorating the twelfth anniversary of the death of Kashmiri leader, Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq. Eyewitnesses said that earlier in the day a group of youths arrived at the Idgah, shouting pro-Pakistan slogans, and two of them fired on Lone.[1]

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah expressed sorrow over the killing of Lone and held Pakistan responsible for the episode, saying, "Pakistan wants Kashmir and so is desperate in its action, which this killing has proved.’’ Then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee said, "Mr. Lone was assassinated because he was working for peace in Jammu and Kashmir."[1]

His son Sajjad Lone accused separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Pakistani spy agency ISI responsible for his father’s death, but he later altered his accusation, reportedly at the suggestion of his mother[citation needed], blaming Abdullah for providing inadequate security to his father.[2][3]

The United States condemned the assassination, with Secretary of State Colin Powell issuing a statement recognizing Lone as moderate who sought a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "lone shot dead". The Tribune. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "‘White-collar’ men killed Abdul Ghani Lone: Sons". Hindustan Times. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Thousands mourn Kashmiri separatist
  4. ^ Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, U.S. Department of State, 31 March 2003, Retrieved 14 January 2012

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