Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Bukhari, who had a distinguishable tall frame and husky voice, said in another tweet, "In #Kashmir we have done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground". Political parties and journalists condemned the killing.

"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice".

"It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir". Extremely shocked & pained at his death. "My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family".

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the murder was a brutal attack on freedom of press.

"He was a fearless heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My deepest condolences to his family". "He will be missed", he said on Twitter.

Bukhari was targeted by unknown gunmen outside his office in Press Avenue in Srinagar.

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Shujaat Bukhari, editor and owner of "Rising Kashmir" (English) and "Buland Kashmir" (Urdu) was attacked by armed terrorists when he stepped out of his office in Press Enclave in Srinagar city centre Lal Chowk for an Iftar party on Thursday evening. "Justice will be done", J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti wrote.

A formidable reporter, an incredibly courageous editor and an invaluable voice of moderation.

TV visuals showed her in tears as she recalled her meeting with the journalist just a few days ago. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence and pray for his soul to rest in peace. "What will the trts/Separatists aim to achieve with this". Bukhari was shot in the head multiple times while he sat in a auto and a personal security officer (PSO), who was accompanying him, was also shot dead.

Witnesses said Bukhari died on the spot while the assailants fled immediately after the attack.

Pro-independence youth fighting Indian rule of Kashmir as well as government forces have been accused in the past of abducting, attacking and threatening journalists.

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