Sajjad Gani Lone

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Sajjad Ghani Lone
Member in J&K Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2015 - 2018
Preceded byGovernor's rule
Succeeded byGovernor's rule
Personal details
Born (1967-03-10) 10 March 1967 (age 52)
Handwara
Political partyJammu and Kashmir People's Conference
Spouse(s)Asma Khan lone(m.2000)
Children2 sons
ParentsAbdul Ghani Lone
ResidenceHandwara, Jammu and Kashmir, India
EducationBachelor of Commerce

Sajjad Ghani Lone (born 1967) is an Indian Kashmiri politician,[1] and former Member of the Legislative Assembly elected from the Handwara constituency. He is the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference.

Early and personal life[edit]

Sajjad Ghani Lone is the youngest son of Abdul Ghani Lone, who was killed in a rally in Srinagar in 2002.[2] He has a sister, Shabnam Lone, who is a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India.[3][4][5]

Sajjad Ghani Lone is married to Asma Khan, daughter of the Pakistan-based pro-independence JKLF leader Amanullah Khan.[6][7][8] They have two sons.

Career[edit]

After the assassination of his father, Lone became the chairman of People's Conference.[9] In the 2009 Indian general election he stood as an independent candidate in Baramulla.[10][11] He was defeated by the National Conference candidate Sharifuddin Shariq.[12]

Sajjad Ghani Lone speaking at the book launch of "Gilgit Baltistan and its Saga of Unending Human Rights Violations" by Alok Bansal. (Also pictured is Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP and Lt Gen Ata Hasnain).

In 2014 Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly election, he was criticized by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for supporting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sajjad Lone won Handwara in north Kashmir in the state assembly elections, by a margin of more than 5000 votes.[13] In the 2014 state election, Lone was elected as MLA of Handwara, one of two People's Conference candidates elected to the state legislative assembly in that election. His party JKPC leaded in all blocks of Handwara constituency including Rajwar, Ramhal and Magam.

Recognition[edit]

  • Sajjad Lone featured in list of top 6 Indians of 2015 by Khaleej Times, UAE.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lone threat to Muftis and Abdullahs".
  2. ^ Thakur, Sankarshan (12 May 2009). "Off boycott coldstore, on steep uphill". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Sibling rivalry: Farooq, Lone face stiff opposition from sisters".
  4. ^ "Shabnam Lone".
  5. ^ http://www.tribuneindia.com/2001/20010702/main7.htm
  6. ^ "A marriage of convenience".
  7. ^ "Big guns gather for Lone son's wedding".
  8. ^ "Sajjad Lone's passport application in limbo".
  9. ^ "Thousands rally to remember Ghani Lone". Daily Times. Media Times. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  10. ^ Blakely, Rhys (13 May 2009). "Tension in Kashmir as separatist leader Sajjad Lone stands in election". Times Online. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  11. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/sajjads-switchover/article314783.ece
  12. ^ "NC-Cong alliance sweeps J-K, Sajjad Lone defeated". The Hindu. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  13. ^ "Election Results: Sajjad Lone, Former Separatist With Pakistani Wife, Wins in Kashmir".
  14. ^ "Khaleej Times profiles six Indians who have recently made a mark in their respective fields".
  15. ^ http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/sajjad-lone-among-top-6-indians/194331.html