Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead in Srinagar

Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

His two security guards were also killed in the attack. Bukhari was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley.

The condition of the two injured in the shooting, which comes a day ahead of Eid, is critical, they said.

Mr. Bukhari was The Hindu's correspondent in Srinagar from 1997 to 2012 and a contributor to the Frontline magazine.

Bukhari's association with the newspaper lasted 15 years, and during the period he reported on the Kashmir turmoil widely.

He also ran the "Buland Kashmir, ' 'Parcham" and 'Sangarmal, ' and had received, among many honors, the World Press Institute USA fellowship.

Bukhari had been part of India's delegation for informal peace talks on Kashmir with Pakistani representatives held in Dubai past year. He also headed the largest literary organization "Adbi Markz Kamraz" and commanded a great deal of respectability among the literary circle in Jammu & Kashmir. He was a globe-trotter, travelling frequently even to Pakistan, and is believed to have engaged in some "peace initiative" on Kashmir. He was flown to AIIMS, New Delhi, where he remained admitted for three months before his return home.

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Fellow journalists were on the scene soon afterwards.

"He (Bukhari) is no more".

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the killing "cannot be condemned enough", and praised Bukhari for "carrying out his professional responsibilities with courage and conviction".

"He had not complained of any threat to his life". Later, he established his own English daily Rising Kashmir.

In one of his last tweets, the veteran journalist rebuffed allegations that he was a "quasi-Islamist" and responsible for "biased reportage".

Sitanshu Kar, Principal Spokesperson, Government of India & Director General of Press Information Bureau: Extremely saddened by the way the voice of Shujaat Bukhari, one of the finest journalists of J&K, has been silenced. 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.

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His killing is third such tragic incident in Srinagar's Press Colony. @bukharishujaat has been shot dead in Srinagar.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed shock.

The Kashmir Zone Police took to Twitter to release the pictures on Thursday night and appealed to the public to keep an eye out for the bike-borne assailants. "It was a targeted killing". Mumtaz succumbed to injuries in the hospital in the evening.

A CCTV grab of the alleged assailants involved in the killing of Bukhari. She said terrorism had "hit a new low" with Bukhari's killing "to undermine" the government's "attempts to restore peace". Leaving from there, Mehbooba broke down while recalling her recent meeting with Bukhari.

"What can I say. He came to meet me just a few days ago", she said. The senior journalist died on his way to the hospital.

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