Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Deaths

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Deaths

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Abdul Ghani Lone, 70, a senior leader of Kashmir's All Parties Hurriyet Conference, was assassinated May 21 as he left a rally in the capital of Srinagar. An advocate of Kashmiri independence but an opponent of violence, he said in a lecture the day before his death that he was "not averse to talking with India or anyone else. " He had spoken out in recent months against the role Pakistani-based extremist groups have played in Indian Kashmir, accusing them of co-opting the Kashmiri independence campaign to further "their international struggle to Islamicize the world."

Gunnar Jarring, a former U.N. mediator for the Middle East who served as Sweden's ambassador to Washington and the Soviet Union, died May 29 at his home in Helsingborg at the age of 94. He entered his country's diplomatic service during World War II, serving in India, then-Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. He was ambassador to the U.S. from 1958 to 1964 and to Moscow from 1964 to 1973, and served as the U. …

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