Hurriyat drops plan to expel Lone’s party
2 September 2002
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference on Monday decided not to take any disciplinary action against one of its constituents, People''s Conference, led by Sajjad Gani Lone with the latter assuring that it would run an anti- election campaign, Hurriyat sources said. The executive council of the Hurriyat which met for the second consecutive day on Monday to take a final decision on the issue of dummy candidates belonging to the People''s Conference filing their nominations from Kupwara, will be closely monitoring party''s anti-poll campaign, the sources said. The working committee, executive council and the general council of the Hurriyat met on Sunday and discussed the decision taken by few members of the People''s Conference to contest the polls. People''s Conference is represented in the Hurriyat by Bilal Gani Lone, elder son of the party founder and slain Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone. Bilal was, however, not present at the meeting where the party was represented by Hafizullah Makhdoomi. A statement attributed to People''s Conference general secretary Gulzar Ahmad circulated from Hurriyat headquarters on Saturday said, the members of the controversial supreme council, formed unconstitutionally after the killing of Abdul Gani Lone, have been expelled from the primary membership of the party for taking part—directly or indirectly—in the polls. Filing of nominations by Ghulam Mohiuddin Sofi and Abdul Haq Khan from Handwara and Lolab has triggered a furore in separatist circles as the two were known to be close aides of Abdul Gani Lone.