Gunmen kill newspaper editor, two security guards in India's Kashmir

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2018

"Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat's killing. Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace", Press Club of India said in a statement. Justice will be done.

"TV visuals showed Mehbooba Mufti crying as she recalled her meeting with the renowned journalist a few days ago".

Srinagar Police on Friday released two photos of suspected attackers in connection with the killing of the Rising Kashmir's editor, Shujaat Bukhari.

Shujaat and Chaudhary died on spot while Mumtaz was shifted to SMHS hospital in critical condition. He was a fearless heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Unidentified gunmen shot dead a prominent newspaper editor and two security guards in India's Kashmir on Thursday, police said. "The state government and the central government are committed for the freedom of press in the country and the state". A cowardly and deplorable act of terror. He was also the younger brother of People's Democratic Party minister Basharat Bukhari. She was also the first one to condemn the attack saying she was "very saddenned" by the attack. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. Veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta said he was mourning the loss of "an incredibly fearless editor and an invaluable voice of middle-ground moderation". "A voice of sanity from the conflict zone, he was a regular, enthusiastic contributor to the magazine", Mr. Vijaysankar said. In a statement, Syed Ali Geelani condemned the killing of Shujaat, saying it goes against "moral and human ethics to kill a person without any justification".

"It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent worldwide investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir", said Zeid. The Guild calls upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the media in the state.

The Press Club of India in Delhi said Bukhari's killing underlined the hard circumstances in which journalists operated.

Sources say Rajnath Singh's peace initiative in Kashmir, a ceasefire, may not extend beyond Ramzan, which is expected to end with Eid tomorrow.

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