Lone gets threat from terrorist group
21 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: Despite denials that he ever had any link with militant outfits in Jammu and Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone has been threatened with dire consequences by al-Barq if he failed to hand over all assets of the militant outfit to its commanders forthwith. ''Al-Barq militants know how to recover the assets if Lone does not oblige,'' the outfit''s chief Farooq Qureshi said in a statement faxed to a local news agency from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Referring to oft-repeated statements of Lone that he has no links with any militant outfit in the past or at present, Qureshi said, ''Lone was receiving trained militants at Dardpora in frontier district of Kupwara - the gateway for infiltration and exfiltration of militants.'' ''It is better for Lone to stop issuing statements and hand over the assets to our cadres. Otherwise he will have to face the consequences,'' the statement said. The fax statement was signed by the in-charge, publicity, Parvaiz Khan. All efforts to contact Lone failed Sunday. But the Hurriyat leader had said on October 4 that the allegations that he had connections with militant organisations were ''baseless and malicious.'' Lone had said neither he nor his People''s Conference had any link with militant outfits in the past or at present.