June 2002 News

Lone’s son in the limelight

2 June 2002
The Statesman

Srinagar: The All Party Hurriyat Conference will hold its executive council meeting tomorrow, attended by among others, Mr Bilal Lone who will represent the People’s Conference for the first time since the assassination of his father, Abdul Ghani Lone. Immediately after the meet, the 23-party conglomerate is scheduled to hold its general council meeting. Though the Hurriyat has not fixed any agenda for the executive meeting, the APHC chief, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, said they will have an obituary motion for Lone and “we will not be discussing politics”. But APHC sources said the meeting would discuss the the political and military situation in the state and the mounting international pressure on Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism. The recent polls by a UK based group would be discussed, too. Mr Bilal Lone, elder son of Lone, has been nominated by his party to represent the People’s Conference at the Hurriyat’s seven-member executive council. His brother, Sajjad, has been elected party president. Shortly after Lone’s killing, the Hurriyat executive council had convened an emergency meeting to pass an obituary motion besides taking a decision on the burial of the deceased leader. The conglomerate had then decided to bury Lone in Martyr’s graveyard at Eidgah where he was killed and not at his ancestral graveyard in Handwara. LeT ultra held: A Lashkar-e-Taiyaba militant has been arrested from the outskirts of Jammu, police said today.


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