Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

Unknown gunmen shot a veteran journalist and his police bodyguard dead on Thursday in Srinagar city of India-Occupied Kashmir, police and witnesses said. In the attack, Bukhari and his SPO are said to be injured.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, too, expressed his "anguish" about the killing of the editor who was one of the most important voices of Kashmir.

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. "My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family", home minister Rajnath Singh said. A security guard protecting him and his driver were also shot.

National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav said, "Shocked to hear about d attack on d Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar". May his soul rest in peace.

Groups fighting for independence of Kashmir have rejected the brief "ceasefire". My condolences to his family. "Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace", Press Club of India said in a statement. "He was a courageous and outspoken voice for justice and equality in Jammu and Kashmir", Amnesty India said in its message.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah wrote: "Shocked beyond words".

Bukhari was a protected journalist, guarded by two armed police around the clock, in an area of India where political violence and threats to reporters is common. He was also part of the Track II diplomacy process with Pakistan.

The 49-page report - the first ever issued by the United Nations on the human rights situation in Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir - details human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control, and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces. He was instrumental in organizing several conferences for Kashmir peace.

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