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Senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead, politicians, media condemn killing

IANS  |  Srinagar 

and Editor-in-of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.

said that it was around 7.15 p.m., the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his car when he was attacked by militants.

"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one were killed and another security critically injured," he said.

The killing drew wide condemnation from politicians across and organisations.

Minister said: "Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of The scourge of terror has reared its 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."

Former Omar Abdullah, in a tweet, recited the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, and said: "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."

termed it an "act of cowardice".

"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of He was a courageous and fearless Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said on his handle.

The said it was anguished, with terming Bukhari "a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace".

"He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in My condolences to his family. He will be missed," Gandhi said in a tweet.

said: "Anguished beyond words. Security situation in J&K has hit its nadir. Demand the Centre to take swift action to nab the killers. They can silence us but not our thoughts."

West Bengal on Thursday expressed shock.

"Saddened and shocked at the brutal killing of respected and senior @bukharishujaat. With a few hours to go for Eid this is terrible," Banerjee tweeted.

Several journalist bodies condemned the killing and demanded swift action against the forces responsible for his killing.

Condemning what it called a "dastardly attack", the said that Bukhari was "a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted who mentored a large cadre of young journalists from Kashmir".

"The guild calls upon the government of to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the in the state," it said in a statement.

It added that 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, and called upon the state and to enhance security for all journalists in the state.

"Recent weeks have also seen threats of violence against many journalists in different parts of the country," it added.

The also "strongly condemned" the killing in the holy month of and said that "forces inimical to restoring peace in had silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace".

"deeply mourns the loss of Shujaat Bukhari's life and extends its condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of crisis," it said in a statement.

It added that the "terror attack" showed that lives of journalists were not safe.

"has time and again underlined the threat to the lives of journalists working under difficult and challenging circumstances and demanded protection for them," it said.

The Indian Women's Press Corps, and Federation of Press Clubs of India also expressed "deep shock and outrage at the brazen murder" of Bukhari.

They said that Bukhari was a known for his wide range of analytical writings on Kashmir and that he continued to write actively despite the death threats issued to him.

"His murder can only be viewed as yet another attempt to muzzle the and the freedom of the press in the valley," a joint statement said.

Bukhari started his career as a with and moved to in the 1990s. Later, he established his own English daily Rising Kashmir.



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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 23:12 IST