Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest in ancestral village in Kashmir

Journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest in ancestral village in Kashmir

The terrorists shot dead the editor of the newspaper Rising Kashmir in Jammu and Kashmir's capital Srinagar on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Special Correspondent in Jammu & Kashmir for more than a decade with professional integrity.

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

He was taken to hospital but was later declared dead.

Mr Bukhari's friendly nature and fierce commitment to peace and moderation had won him fanlike adulation in recent years - not just in Kashmir, but across India - and his death has been widely condemned.

"Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat's killing".

Shujaat Bukhari's life-size portrait against a black background was both intense and symbolic. Read Also: West Bengal: Coast Guard rescues 22 crew members from container vessel "Kolkata" near Sagar Islands Coming from a political family of Kashmir, Shujaat was heading daily newspaper in English and Urdu for a little over ten years.

An attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir that is going through militancy.

He was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

Living the conflict. A
Living the conflict. A

The three militants were caught on a CCTV camera, the police said.

A senior journalist and his two police bodyguards were fatally shot Thursday by assailants in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police and the journalist's colleagues said.

Bukhari described the threat to Kashmiri journalists in a 2016 article for BBC News.

"Forces inimical to restoring peace in the Kashmir valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace", the Press Club of India said in a statement, mourning the loss of Bukhari.

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 has gone way ahead in his profession."The senior journalist went to say that he was dedicated and efficient in his profession".

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed their shock on social media.

The attack took place hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a security review meeting for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage that starts later this month. LeT chief, Mahmood Shah said that he "strongly condemned the martyrdom" of Shujaat adding that the killing, "is a conspiracy hatched to suppress the voice of indigenous freedom struggle".

Journalist Nidhi Razdan tweeted, "Devastating news".

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