Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar, condolences pour in

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Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari has been shot dead by unknown assailants in Press Colony in Srinagar city. The attack took place place reportedly on Thursday evening.

Shujaat Bukhari

Bukhari was the editor of Kashmiri newspaper Rising Kashmir. It’s not clear, who attacked the journalist, but the development has sent shock waves in the media fraternity across India.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family.” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Heard the terrible news about senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari. Enemies of humanity have silenced a voice of sanity in Kashmir. May God give courage to his family in this hour of grief.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote, “I’m anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir. He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.”

BJP’s Ram Madhav said, “Shocked to hear about d attack on d Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar. Reprehensible n condemnable cowardly act of d terrorists.” Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah shared the screenshot of his last private conversation on Twitter with the slain journalist. He wrote, “My last DM exchange with #ShujaatBukhari. I can’t believe the mulaqat we were going to fix will never take place now. Life is just too uncertain & often too unkind.”

Meanwhile, the paper that Bukhari edited took out an incredibly moving front page with equally emotional message.

According to some media reports, Bukhari was in his car when ‘terrorists attacked’ him leaving him and his PSO injured. The attack coincided with the United Nations Human Rights calling for international inquiry into multiple violations in Jammu and Kashmir in its first ever report on Kashmir.

The 49-page report – the first ever issued by the UN 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.

“The political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold suffering,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

“This is why any resolution of the political situation in Kashmir must entail a commitment to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current violations and abuses by all parties, and provide redress for victims,” 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 international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,” said Zeid.

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