'Rising Kashmir' editor Shujaat Bukhari shot dead by 3 bike-borne terrorists

Black day for Kashmir

Black day for Kashmir

Dr Shujaat Bukhari was veteran Journalist of Jammu & Kashmir was presently Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir, a Srinagar-based newspaper.

Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari has been shot dead by three bike-borne terrorists outside his office in Srinagar.

"Pakistan strongly condemns the targeted killing of renowned Kashmiri journalist, Shujaat Bukhari and his guard in Srinagar, IOK today", the Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal tweeted.

While one of the personal security officers (PSO) guarding him was killed, another policeman and a civilian were injured, they added. They have been shot and taken to the hospital as well.

In an emotional response, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat's killing".

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Bukhari's killing sparked an outpouring of grief from prominent politicians and journalists alike - in India, Pakistan and in his home of Kashmir, the Muslim majority region divided between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. It's not clear, who attacked the journalist, but the development has sent shock waves in the media fraternity across India.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Editors' Guild of India condemned what it called the "dastardly attack" on Bukhari. He was a fearless heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources told GNS that gunmen opened indiscriminate fire as soon as Bukhari was disembarking from his vehicle at the press enclave around 7:00 pm. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir.

Bukhari had been part of India's delegation for informal peace talks on Kashmir with Pakistani representatives held in Dubai a year ago. He was instrumental in organising several conferences for Kashmir peace.

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