Abdul Gani Lone
|Former Cabinet Minister of Education and Health (J&K)|
|Chief Minister||Syed Mir Qasim|
|Former Deputy Minister of, Law, Irrigation, Flood control, Animal husbandry and Power|
|Born||6 May 1932|
Dard Harie, Kashmir and Jammu, British India
|Died||21 May 2002 (aged 70)|
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
|Cause of death||Assassination|
Shabnam Ghani Lone
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."
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.
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."
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, blaming Abdullah for providing inadequate security to his father.