J&K leader Ghulam Hassan Lone was killed by terrorists


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir leader Ghulam Hassan Lone was killed by terrorists on Thursday at his residence at Devsar in the Kulgam district. After terrorists shot Lone, the Apni Party leader was shifted to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Ghulam Hassan Lone became the third politician from the Kulgam district to be killed in the last 10 days. Omar Abdullah and Mehabooba Mufti, former chief ministers of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, condemned the assassination.

Taking to Twitter, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah expressed concern over the “renewed trend” of targeting mainstream politicians by terrorists.

“Very sorry to hear about the assassination of Ghulam Hassan Lone in Devsar area of South Kashmir. This renewed trend of targeting mainstream politicians by militant outfits is very worrying & I condemn the same in the strongest possible terms. May Allah grant the departed Jannat,” Abdullah tweeted.

Condemning the murder, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti said there seems to be “no end to the spree of political killings in Kashmir.”

“Unreservedly condemn the killing of Apni party leader Ghulam Hassan Lone. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family,” she tweeted.

On Monday, terrorists killed a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Javeed Ahmad Dar, constituency president of Homshalibugh in Kulgam, succumbed to his injuries after militants fired at him at Brazloo-jagir in Kulgam.

BJP sarpanch Ghulam Rasool Dar and his wife Jawhara Banoo were shot dead by two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists last week in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town. Dar, 68, was the president of BJP Kisan Morcha of the Kulgam district.