Monday, 18 June, 2018

Just in: Rising Kashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari shot

Shujaat Bukhari Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari dead, was shot multiple times outside his office
Deanna Wagner | 15 June, 2018, 01:33

Condemning the incident "on the eve of Eid", Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over Bukhari's demise.

Veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari was assassinated on Thursday evening by unknown gunmen outside his office in the Indian-administered Kashmir. He came to meet me a few days back. Besides, him and his PSO, who was guarding him during the attack, two other people were injured in the attack.

In the last hours before his death, Bukhari had tweeted about the United Nations report on human rights violations in Kashmir and India's rejection of the contents of the report.

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

Shujaat and Chaudhary died on spot while Mumtaz was shifted to SMHS hospital in critical condition. He said it was an attack on freedom of press and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible words. "Prayers and condolences for them and their families on this awful night", he said.

"It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent global investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir", said Zeid.

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He was well-known in Kashmir and was previously a correspondent for the Indian newspaper The Hindu.

In a statement, he sent out its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the journalist's family, as well as, calling for the perpetrators be brought to justice. "He will be missed".

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the killing was an "act of cowardice" and described the Rising Kashmir editor as a courageous and fearless journalist.

-Shujaat Bukhari was a Srinagar-based scribe and Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir, a Srinagar-based local daily newspaper. He was instrumental in organising several conferences for Kashmir peace.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval indicated that the offer was only till Eid.