'Rising Kashmir' editor shot dead in India-Occupied Kashmir

Shujaat Bukhari killers

Shujaat Bukhari killers

Killing journalists will not further the cause of any side but will perpetuate the crisis further.

Expressing grief over the killing, Press Club of India president Gautam Lahiri said, "Jammu and Kashmir government should investigate the attack".

Such gruesome violence during the holy month of Ramzan and on the eve of Eid is a chilling reminder of the fact that Kashmir is one of the most unsafe places not just for the security forces but for peace crusaders and journalists too. "My deepest condolences to his family (sic)", she tweeted. "May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this hard time".

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. The Editors Guild of India, in a statement, said the killing of Bukhari is a new low in the rapidly deteriorating scenario for media professionals in the country. The strapline said, "Fearless journalist pays price for upholding the truth". Extremely shocked & pained at his death. She also conveyed her heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family particularly his parents, wife and two kids.

Mr Bukhari was certainly proud of his identity - he campaigned heavily for the revival of the Kashmiri language, and launched the region's first Kashmiri-language newspaper.

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"He was a courageous heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir". Prayers & condolences for them & their families also on this bad night. "He will be missed", Gandhi said in a tweet. Security situation in J&K has hit its nadir. "They can silence us but not our thoughts".

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed shock.

Terror struck a bloody blow in the run-up to Eid-ul- Fitr as unidentified gunmen shot dead a veteran journalist and his two personal security officers in the heart of Srinagar on Thursday evening. "With a few hours to go for Eid this is bad", Banerjee tweeted.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the police in the region said "preliminary investigational finding indicates this is a terror attack". Shujaat Bukhari was the one shot dead by allegedly ISI sponsored terrorist later yesterday.

He was also a regular presence at secondary diplomatic initiatives envisioning better relations between India and Pakistan. He has gone way ahead in his profession."The senior journalist went to say that he was dedicated and efficient in his profession". In 1997 he got the biggest break in his journalistic career when he joined The Hindu newspaper, which is headquartered in Chennai, as its Srinagar bureau chief.

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