Funeral of Slain Rising Kashmir Journalist Shujaat Bukhari

by Abel Hampton June 15, 2018, 19:28
Funeral of Slain Rising Kashmir Journalist Shujaat Bukhari

Hundreds of mourners in Kashmir today joined the funeral procession of Shujaat Bukhari, a senior journalist shot dead by terrorists last evening in Srinagar.

Militants fired from close range at Bukhari outside his office in the Press Enclave area of Residency Road here, critically injuring him, his driver and a security guard, police sources said.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said: "Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari". I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace.

In a statement, he sent out its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the journalist's family, as well as, calling for the perpetrators be brought to justice.

Bukhari, 50, was gunned down soon after he got into his auto from his office at Press Enclave in the city centre, Lal Chowk on June 14, 2018. He was reportedly the first man to have opened the bullet ridden auto of Bukhari to check on his well-being.

A known literary and cultural activist, Bukhari served as the president of Adabi Markaz Kamraz, a literary forum that works for the promotion of Kashmiri language.

Veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta defined Bukhari as an "influential voice of reason" in Kashmir. Terrorism, she said, has hit a new low with Bukhari's killing, "that too on the eve of Eid".

"I'm anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir".

On Friday, Omar Abdullah, several members of the Mehbooba Mufti government, top police officers, JKLF Chief Yasin Malik were among the thousands who attended the funeral of the slain editor.

In a condolence message, the chief minister described the killing of Bukhari as highly barbaric, deplorable and condemnable. "Journalists working in Jammu and Kashmir have always been subject to a range of threats".

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed shock at the incident.

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Journalists in Kashmir have been targeted in the past by both the Indian state and militant groups.

Muslim-majority Kashmir is at the centre of a decades-old territorial dispute between India and Pakistan.

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

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