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Twitterati Saddened Over Killing Of Journalist Shujaat Bukhari In Kashmir And Demand Justice

11:35 am 16 Jun, 2018

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Death of editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir and veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari shocked the nation. The incident took place during conditional ceasefire in Kashmir to observe the holy month of Ramadan. This 50-year old journalist was leaving his office in Press Enclave to attend an iftar party when he was shot.

Though initially unidentified, police finally managed to track down one of the suspects. Identified as Zubair Qayoom, he wasn’t with the other three gunmen but came back later to pick up the gun. The weapon was recovered from him after the arrest.

 

 

Shujaat Bukhari was known as being a fearless journalist who never stepped away from reporting the truth about the conflicts of this beautiful valley. Naturally, dignitaries from all across the nation shared their condolences.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted:

 

 

 

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wrote:

 

 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi posted:

 

 

Former President Pranab Mukherjee wrote:

 

 

Amidst this, Pakistan foreign office tried to link the death of the journalist to a report on Kashmir by UN in an attempt to give a new angle to this heinous crime. The report was published by The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. They alleged that the human rights are violated in Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). They further demanded an international probe into the same. India termed the report as ‘fallacious, tendentious and motivated.’

 

The Pakistan foreign office further alleged that it was a ‘terrible coincidence’ that Bukhari lost his life just hours within publication of this report. Here’s the tweet:

 

However, former Chief Minister of J&K slammed the Pakistan official for trying to politicize the murder of the journalist. He said:

 

 

Obviously, the entire journalistic community is deeply saddened by his death and they are calling it an attack on freedom of press. Also, the netizens spoke up against this gruesome violence. Besides offering their condolences, they also demanded justice for this fallen soldier of the fourth estate. Here are some of the tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this conditional ceasefire, Indian Army soldier named Aurangzeb was kidnapped and later brutally killed. Following these incidents, Indian government is revisiting its decision and there are talks of revoking the ceasefire.

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