Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead in Srinagar

Shujaat Bukhari

People carry the body of Syed Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir daily newspaper, who was killed by unidentified gunmen outside his office in Srinagar, June 14, 2018.

According to some media reports, Bukhari was in his auto when "terrorists attacked" him leaving him and his PSO injured.

The second PSO died shortly after Omar Abdullah's tweet. He was in the auto when he was attacked and gunned down by terrorists. Bukhari also aired his disappointments in the Mehbooba Mufti government even as he raised concerns about the security situation. "One of his two police bodyguards also died in the attack", a top police officer told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The two pillion riders fired indiscriminately, killing Bukhari and one of the PSOs on the spot, an eyewitness said.

Shujaat Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000. The attack coincided with the United Nations Human Rights calling for global inquiry into multiple violations in Jammu and Kashmir in its first ever report on Kashmir. "Such an attempt to suppress the sane voices by terrorists will never succeed", he said in a tweet. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. "Prayers and condolences for them and their families on this bad night", he said. Talking to media, she said: "This is really shocking. Only a few days ago he had come to meet me", Ms. Mufti said, struggling to hold back her tears. Media is free in India.

"Assassination of #ShujaatBukhari is a brutal attack on freedom of press".


"Congress President Rahul Gandhi also tweeted his anguish over the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, "'I'm anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of Rising Kashmir.

Bukhari had been part of India's delegation for informal peace talks on Kashmir with Pakistani representatives held in Dubai previous year.

Dr Faisal extended his condolences to the bereaved family. "He will be missed".

"This is why any resolution of the political situation in Kashmir must entail a commitment to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current violations and abuses by all parties, and provide redress for victims", he said.

The Press Club of India strongly condemned veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari's killing.

"Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace", the Press Club said in a statement.

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