Kash­miri ed­i­tor gunned down, Army jawan ab­ducted & killed UN re­port on J&K ‘rights vi­o­la­tions’ fal­la­cious: In­dia

Two Guards Of Shu­jaat Bukhari Shot Dead Too

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Srinagar: Deal­ing a se­vere blow to the sus­pen­sion of se­cu­rity oper­a­tions in the Val­ley dur­ing the holy month of Ramzan, ter­ror­ists on Thurs­day shot dead Kash­mir’s se­nior jour­nal­ist Shu­jaat Bukhari and his two per­sonal se­cu­rity offi- cers in the heart of Srinagar. The bul­let-rid­den body of an Army jawan who was ab­ducted ear­lier in the day was also re­cov­ered from a vil­lage in Pul­wama district.

Bukhari, 49, was the ed­i­tor of English daily Ris­ing Kash­mir and the brother of Basha- rat Bukhari, a min­is­ter in the J&K gov­ern­ment. His killing, and that of the Army jawan, Au­rangzeb, comes just two days be­fore the Cen­tre’s “uni­lat­eral cease­fire” against mil­i­tants is sched­uled to end amid ex­ten­sive de­bate on whether it should be ex­tended.

Eye­wit­nesses said three ter­ror­ists on a mo­tor­cy­cle ap­peared out­side the of­fice of Ris­ing Kash­mir at Press En­clave in Lal Chowk, in the heart of te city, at 7.30pm just as Bukhari boarded his ve­hi­cle.

The Cen­tre on Thurs­day slammed a United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Of­fice re­port which roundly crit­i­cised In­dia’s ac­tions in Jammu & Kash­mir but was re­mark­ably soft on Is­lam­abad’s in Pak­istan-oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (POK).

The In­dian min­istry of ex- ter­nal af­fairs spokesper­son de­scribed the re­port, a one­man ef­fort, as “fal­la­cious, ten­den­tious and mo­ti­vated” and as a “se­lec­tive com­pi­la­tion of largely un­ver­i­fied in­for­ma­tion” that was “overtly prej­u­diced and seeks to build a false nar­ra­tive”. Ear­lier, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin de­clared the tour­na­ment open in a speech in which he de­rided Western ef­forts to isolate him. The 30-minute open­ing cer­e­mony also fea­tured a per­for­mance by Bri­tish pop star Robbie Williams Rus­sian mid­fielder scored the first goal of the 2018 World Cup in the

of the open­ing match against Saudi Ara­bia. Rus­sia won the bat­tle of two of the world’s top oil pro­duc­ers 5-0

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The two pil­lion rid­ers fired in­dis­crim­i­nately, killing Bukhari and one of the PSOs on the spot, an eye­wit­ness said. The other PSO died in hospi­tal. Re­ports said that a civil­ian was also in­jured in the at­tack.

The at­tack is the first on ajour­nal­ist in a long time in Kash­mir. Bukhari had been given po­lice pro­tec­tion fol­low­ing an at­tack on him in 2000. He was in­stru­men­tal in or­gan­is­ing con­fer­ences for peace in Kash­mir. He was also part of the Track II process with Pak­istan.

Many ques­tioned the ef­fec­tive­ness of the “uni­lat­eral cease­fire” which the Modi gov­ern­ment had de­clared a month ago in view of Ramzan and the con­sen­sual de­mand of the Me­hbooba Mufti-led BJP-PDP coali­tion gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion in Jammu & Kash­mir. Con­dem­na­tion poured in with Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh de­scrib­ing Bukhari’s killing as “an act of cow­ardice”.

Full re­port on www.toi.in

The at­tack on Bukhari took place in Lal Chowk, in the heart of Srinagar

Shu­jaat Bukhari

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