My father was martyred for expressing ideas: Sajad Lone

IIOJK: Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Friday said that his father Abdul Gani Lone was martyred for “speaking the truth and expressing his ideas”.

In a series of tweets, Lone, according to a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer(KNO), said those who opposed his father and created a false narrative that ended up in his killing saw what his father was mercifully spared from seeing.

“But what gives me some solace is that those who opposed him and created that false narrative that culminated in my father being killed- that crowd some of them still alive were better dead than alive. They saw what my father was mercifully spared from seeing,” Lone tweeted.

He said the worse form of oppressors is those who oppress under the fig leaf of fighting oppression. “As long as we do not stop collectively lying especially on who killed whom we as people will continue to be in the state that we r. People deserve to know-oppressors have many forms. And the worse form of oppressors’ r those who oppress under the fig leaf of fighting oppression,” Lone tweeted. Lone said his father left as a hero and his death symbolized dignity and sacrifice.

“My father left when dying the way he did symbolised dignity symbolised sacrifice. He went at the right time. He left a hero,” Lone tweeted.

Abdul Gani Lone, who founded the Peoples Conference in 1978, was killed when he was attending a rally on 21 May 2002 at Eidgah to mark the death anniversary of Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq.