Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Shujaat Bukhari's Rising Kashmir Pays Moving Tribute In Edition

Shujaat Bukhari's Rising Kashmir Pays Moving Tribute In Edition

Relatives and friends of the Editor of "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead Thursday evening.

Moreover, the deployment of police from Kothibagh Police Station as well as the District Police Lines (DPL) at different places in the city centre Lal Chowk was withdrawn before the killing.

A graphic video shot moments after the attack shows Shujaat lying head-down on the middle seat of the SUV surrounded by dozens of anguished and grieving people who shout at each other to arrange a vehicle so that the victims can be ferried to the hospital. Although the three were taken to a medical facility at the police control room by the cops, later they were declared dead on arrival.

Bukhari began his career way back in the early 1990s, when he joined the Jammu-based English daily Kashmir Times as a reporter in its Srinagar bureau.

"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice".

He said that Shujaat was vocal about "highlighting the human rights abuses in Kashmir by the Indian forces at the worldwide forum through his newspapers". No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has conveyed shock and grief on the gruesome killing of Bukhari. "The preliminary investigation has shown that around three to four gunmen were involved, but the number could be more", said a senior police official posted in Srinagar.

The inside pages of the Rising Kashmir carried stories on the government's reaction, Pakistan's condemnation of the assassination, and a small piece on one of his last tweets that read, "First-ever @UNHumanRights report on #Kashmir calls for #international inquiry into multiple violations". It reflects the state's abject failure to provide security to moderates like Bukhari, who was a known supporter of intra-state and inter-state dialogue and negotiation over Kashmir.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a tweet, recited the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death.

"It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir", he tweeted.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had rushed to the police hospital where Mr Bukhari's body was brought to console his grief-stricken family, described the killing as "highly barbaric, deplorable and condemnable". The strapline said, "Fearless journalist pays price for upholding the truth". The senior journalist died on his way to the hospital. Bukhari took more than 16 bullets, doctors who did his autopsy said. Prior to Sultan, in 1995, cameraman Mushtaq Ali was killed in a parcel bomb attack that was intended at former BBC correspondent Yusuf Jameel who, however, escaped with injuries.

The FO spokesperson said that "Bukhari's targeted killing within hours of his tweet on the OHCHR report on Jammu & Kashmir - bad coincidence, raises serious questions - India should investigate and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice". "It's really shocking. This is the situation of journalists in Kashmir". It was even condemned by Pakistan and Kashmiri separatists.

"This has devastated the whole journalist fraternity in the region".

The Editors Guild of India while condemning the attack called on the government to ensure safety and security for the media in the state.

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