My father was killed for saying what he believed in: Sajad Gani Lone

Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone .
Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone .Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Remembering his father Abdul Gani Lone on his 21st death anniversary, J&K Peoples Conference President Sajad Gani Lone today said that he was killed for saying what he believed in.

“Remembering my father Abdul Gani Lone, killed for saying what he believed in. Two decades have passed. Those moments of helplessness in the face of brute violence persist even today. They are a grim reminder of bestiality and savagery where you violently silence a person because you do not agree with his views. Targeted killings take place even today. They are as futile as the killings of the past. It is a fervent hope that Kashmir exits the vicious cycle of violence,”Sajad said.

He added that regrettably, despite the passage of time, not a single person has been apprehended for the murder of Late Lone, and he is not alone in this regard. “Till date not a single person has been apprehended for the murder of Lone sahib. And he is not alone. There are probably thousands of files of fellow Kashmiris where no one was ever apprehended,” he added.

Sajad said that there is probably not a single day in 365 days when someone in Kashmir is not commemorating a loved one who has been killed in the violent conflict.

The Peoples Conference President asserted that Kashmir conflict revolves around two central characters: the victims and the perpetrators and of the most profound tributes “we can pay to our heroes is to ensure that the perpetrators never assume the guise of victims.”

“There will always be two main characters in the Kashmir conflict— The victims and the perpetrators. In my view one of the best tributes that we can possibly pay to our heroes is to never allow the perpetrators don the hat of the victims,” he added.

Sajad further said that in Kashmir, there exist both active and passive murderers. The active murderers, often hitmen with limited lifespans, do not remain in the spotlight for long. However, it is the passive murderers who pose the greatest danger.

“They are the white collar killers. They are a part of the society. They are non combatants. They do not have a gun. But they conspire to kill by their evil words and deeds. They are the prime conspirators and also the prime commiserators. They are the ones who make the loudest noises at the condolence ceremonies,” he added.

Sajad stated that passive murderers are still there. And the concept of active and the passive murderers has been present in the both sides of the divide, of the violent conflict.

“I wish we all wake up and understand the passivity part of these crimes”, he concluded.

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