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Twitterati condemn Shujaat Bukhari’s killing

Twitterati condemn Shujaat Bukhari’s killing
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Netizens across the globe condemn Shujaat Bukhari’s killing, Twitter and Facebook flooded with #ShujaatBukhari.

Soon after the news of him being shot at came in, Editor-in-chief of English daily Rising Kashmir and its sister publications Urdu daily, Buland Kashmir and Kashmiri daily, Sangarmal; senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari became a hot topic on social media. Twitter witnessed about 70,000 tweets mentioning him till evening today.

While some were just breaking the shocking news and praying for him to survive the attack in the beginning, others were questioning who could be behind it. The incident evoked a response from almost every corner of the globe, owing to his fame as a journalist who worked with various media houses in the past and travelled far and wide during his long career spanning three decades.

Bukhari was ambushed at around 7:10 pm on Thursday when he stepped out of his office located at Press Colony, Srinagar. The assailants, believed to be three in number, fired at his vehicle from the two sides. He was moved to hospital where he was declared brought dead. His two PSOs also died in the attack.

Shujaat being a journalist having worked with Kashmir Times, The Hindu and The Frontline before owning his own newspaper, and writing commentaries for BBC and other foreign news outlets had earned a great repute in the field.

While Indian politicians took no time to blame the rebels, most of the people were observing it neutrally. However, with the arrival of condemnation statements by resistance leaders and rebel group Lashkar-e-Toiba and a demand by UJC Chief Syed Salahuddin to carry out an international probe into the killing, an unanimous opinion grew that it may be a handiwork of India’s own agencies to divert the attention of the masses and international community from the first ever UN report on human rights violations that was released hours before the incident.

This last tweet by him three hours before his death was retweeted more than 1500 times.

The journalist fraternity condemned the death widely with many sharing their past memories with him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned it and expressed his solidarity with the family in his tweets, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yasin Malik also condemned the killing in their statements.

Local Kashmiris were seen condemning the loss of a voice with many of them pressing to end the root cause of violence and some castigating some Indian media persons for their previous demonising of the journalist.

 

Voices from international journalists and media associations also poured in.

 

 

Local pro India politicians and bureaucrats condemned the event as:

Leaders of Indian political parties too had their say as:

Other voices from India:

Government of Pakistan and other voices from there:

 

 

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