Peoples’ Conference chairman and Jammu and Kashmir legislator Sajad Lone will not be attending the funeral of his father-in-law Amanullah Khan who died in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Tuesday.
Amanullah Khan, one of the founders of Jammu and Kashmir’s separatist movement, is the father of Asma Khan, wife of Sajad Lone.
“He was ill and my wife was there with him for past many days. He died today,” Lone said.
Born in Gilgit in 1934, Khan received his primary education in Kashmir and later migrated to Pakistan. He co-founded Jammu and Kashmir National Liberation Front along with Maqbool Bhat. He then formed the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in 1977 and played a pivotal role to start ‘resistance movement’ in the Valley. The party believes in independence of the region from India and Pakistan. The first group of youth who started the armed struggle in Kashmir was from JKLF.
Sajad said that he won’t be going to Pakistan to attend the funeral of Khan. “I am not going but my brother Bilal Lone is going,” the separatist turned pro-India politician said.
Sajad Lone joined the separatist camp after his father Abdul Gani Lone was assassinated during a rally in 2002. However, in 2009, he switched sides and joined the pro-India politics by fighting parliamentary elections, a first separatist to do so in Kashmir after militancy erupted in the Valley in 1989.
His brother Bilal Lone is the member of Hurriyat Conference led by moderate separatist leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Kashmir separatists have mourned the demise of Amanullah Khan saying his death was a great loss to the “Kashmir’s resistance movement”.
“His death has created a void in the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. He made a lot of effort to project the legitimacy of the freedom struggle of Kashmir at the international front,” Mirwaiz Umar said in a statement.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has asked people to participate in funeral in absentia to be held for the deceased at Lal Chowk on Wednesday.
“Jammu Kashmir has lost its most valiant son and hence this day will always be remembered as a sad day for Kashmir. Aman sahib’s demise has closed down a glorious chapter of our history,” said JKLF leader Yasin Malik.
Militant commander turned separatist Javaid Mir also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Amanullah Khan.
Describing him as one of the leading political leaders who played an important role for the resolution of lingering Kashmir issue, Javaid Mir said his death has created a vacuum in the galaxy of political scholars and it will be very difficult to fulfil the same.
Sajad Lone will also be organising a condolence meeting in his home town Handwara. “We will organise prayers in absentia in Handwara,” Sajad said.