Lone’s murder direct attack on peace: Powell
21 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Washington DC: US Secretary of State Colin Powell today condemned as terrorism the murder of senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone, calling it a ''direct attack'' on hopes for a political dialogue in Kashmir. ''I was saddened and angered to hear this morning that Abdul Gani Lone ... was assassinated today in Srinagar,'' Powell said in a statement that did not address who may have been to blame for the assassination. ''We have not seen any claim of responsibility for the murder, but this is a direct attack on hopes for a fair political process in Kashmir,'' he said. ''His killers are clearly among those who oppose a peaceful political resolution there. This was a terrorist act designed to undermine the hopes of the Kashmiri people for free and fair elections without violence.''