Twitterati condemn Shujaat Bukhari’s killing
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.
— Shujaat Bukhari (@bukharishujaat) June 14, 2018
The journalist fraternity condemned the death widely with many sharing their past memories with him.
Massive setback, an attack on the freedom of press & freedom of expression. Tragic news. Terrible news. Rising Kashmir Editor @bukharishujaat, according to authorities & police sources, has succumbed to his injuries after being shot at by unidentified assailants in Srinagar. RIP!
— Gowhar Geelani (@gowhargeelani) June 14, 2018
Most tragic news. Shujaat has left us. How could this happen.
— Shuja-ul-haq (@ShujaUH) June 14, 2018
Fucking hypocrites. Some Indian journalists — one of them a news magazine staffer — even called Rising Kashmir Raddi (scrap) and the owner scrap-dealer. The right-wing was unhappy with the paper’s coverage in 2016 protests, while the state gagged it and even beat up staffers. https://t.co/vAP8oIAChs
— Baba Umar (@BabaUmarr) June 14, 2018
Heartbreaking the loss of Shujaat Bukhari, an incredibly brave editor & an invaluable voice of middle-ground moderation. This is a loss for all Kashmiri’s, India and the entire journalistic community
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) June 14, 2018
Everybody is shocked. Long-time friend and colleague @bukharishujaat shot dead by 2 AK-47 wielding gunmen along with 1 PSO at Press Enclave Srinagar a little before Iftaar and on eve of Eid. One PSO is critical. Irreparable loss for fraternity. Inna lillah wa inna illaihi rajioon
— Ahmed Ali Fayyaz (@ahmedalifayyaz) June 14, 2018
It will be the longest night for his parents, wife, kids and those whose lives he touched. RIP @bukharishujaat. You will live forever.
— Mufti Islah (@islahmufti) June 14, 2018
— Daanish Bin Nabi (@DaanishBinNabi) June 14, 2018
Shujaat !!!! https://t.co/JovfONcaiu
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) June 14, 2018
The late #ShujaatBukhari at the launch of #TheSpyChronicles, telling Farooq Abdullah that the post-1990 generation of Kashmiris did not love India. @HarperCollinsIN @RisingKashmir pic.twitter.com/l8h0WQ9dG0
— Aditya Sinha (@autumnshade) June 15, 2018
I'm not sure I'd have called Shujaat a 'pacifist', rather a person who consistently argued that violent confrontation had led to few benefits to the oppressed, and documentation of crimes, voicing concerns, politely but firmly standing your ground might work better. https://t.co/uQI0WeHIkO
— Omair Ahmad (@OmairTAhmad) June 15, 2018
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) June 14, 2018
I agree. Here's to colleagues I've worked with in the field there too: Mukhtar Ahmad,@peerashiq @islahmufti @ahmedalifayyaz, Shameem Meraj, Nazir and Basheer. And always, @raheelk. #RIPShujaatBukhari https://t.co/6QMnBR5Yyc
— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) June 14, 2018
Shujaat Bukhari and I were colleagues at The Hindu. He was a formidable reporter, and, as editor of Rising Kashmir, a powerful voice for the embattled media fraternity, a true voice of sanity and reason. No words of condemnation are enough for the scum who have assassinated him.
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) June 14, 2018
My friend @bukharishujaat was a rare voice of moderation in Kashmir who pandered to no extremes. May those who did this to him rot in hell. And may this be a moment for Kashmir to take note of the absolute insanity it is slipping into #ShujaatBukhari
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) June 14, 2018
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.
شجاعت بخاری کے قتل ناحق پر عوام کی جانب سے بیک زبان اظہار مذمت، جب ہندوستان ، پاکستان ، مزاحمتی وعسکری قیادت نے اس قتل ناحق کی پُر زور مذمت کی تو آخر یہ کون پوشیدہ ہاتھ ہیں جو ہماری تحریک کو دہشت گردی کا نام دے کر زک پہنچانے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں۔ ایسے عناصر کو بے نقاب کرنا ہوگا pic.twitter.com/CP7lSKEH00
— Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) June 15, 2018
— Kashmir Dispatch (@KashmirDispatch) June 14, 2018
YASIN MALIK CONDEMNS THE GRUSOME KILLING OF SYED SHUJAAT BUKHARI, TERMS IT AN ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH https://t.co/1Sq1fMMDQB
— Fast Kashmir (@FastkashmirCom) June 14, 2018
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.
On the day that @UNHumanRights releases a scathing report on the horrific human rights abuses in Indian-occupied Kashmir, "unknown gunmen" assassinate a prominent Kashmiri journalist.
This has Indian subterfuge written all over it!#FreeKashmir
— Zeeshan Khan (@IbnKhayyam) June 14, 2018
The cold-blooded murder of Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir, an important voice against human rights abuses in Kashmir, and a ceaseless proponent of Kashmiri literature, is a despicable act. It is an attempt to muzzle the voices of the Kashmiri press. Rest in ✌?
— M Junaid (@mjunaidr) June 14, 2018
If India is truly saddened about the death of Shujaat Bukhari, let them settle the Kashmir dispute that is the centre point of all suffering. Resolving the conflict means saving many others from ending up like Shujaat Bukhari.
— Suhaeb Malik (@suhaebmalik01) June 14, 2018
Shocking! @bukharishujaat shot dead by unknown gunmen.Occupation doesn't cascades flowers,it brings affliction and miseries.Our dawn n dusk continues to archive the pain n agony inflictd by the brutal oppressor.This occupation is consuming us n erasing our human capital.#Kashmir
— Aabid Yousuf Lone (@aabid_yousuf26) June 14, 2018
— Mubashir Ul Haq (@mubashirulhaq) June 14, 2018
— ارشاد نبی (@Kashmir_rise) June 14, 2018
Syed Shujaat Bukhari, He was the Rising Voice of Kashmir, A real Hero but ruthlessly murdered by wild beasts. May ALLAH accept his shahada and grant him higest place in jannaha. #RIPShujaatBukhari pic.twitter.com/HfWh0KUJ2y
— Azeem Wyne (@AzeemWyne) June 15, 2018
— Kashmir 24×7 (@kashmir_24) June 14, 2018
What can one say! Reportedly 40 bullets were recovered from Shujaat bhai's body. This is a different level of tragedy, different class of war. We in Kashmir need to coin newer words for our miseries now. Words fails us… https://t.co/2YWIxLiCZ6
— Rumuz e Bekhudi (@rumuzb) June 15, 2018
.@bukharishujaat prominent Kashmir journalist and founder of @RisingKashmir has been assassinated. This is a big loss to #Kashmir, its civil society and especially the Journalist fraternity. In shock…
— Faysal (@_Faysal) June 14, 2018
Every gunman not wearing uniforms is not a militant. The most dreaded militia of 90s Ikhwan never wore any uniform.#ShujaatBukhari
— Aawaz | کشمیر (@AwaazKashmir) June 15, 2018
Shujaat Bukhari’s Murder: Salahuddin demands international probe https://t.co/0wpBCTwklt
— Kashmir (@icashmir) June 15, 2018
Voices from international journalists and media associations also poured in.
CPJ strongly condemns the killing of the editor of the English-language daily newspaper Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, in Srinagar https://t.co/z7knEat4j5
— CPJ Asia (@CPJAsia) June 14, 2018
Shujaat Bukhari shot and killed … here is his recent tweet on UN Human Rights report regarding gross violations in #Kashmir … lets make sure its read and acted upon @cjwerleman https://t.co/bMmCuxbJKo https://t.co/8DudD6hp43
— Carol Anne Grayson (@Quickieleaks) June 14, 2018
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) June 14, 2018
I cannot believe this. Horrible news. Such a kind, gentle, brave man. RIP. https://t.co/q9obHajqAB
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) June 14, 2018
Exposing the crimes of occupiers is not merely a difference of opinion.
Throughout World History, truthtellers have been killed.
We see journalists attacked in both #Kashmir and #Palestine. https://t.co/tbleUQ8z5b
— Lisa Guliani (@wingedpiper) June 14, 2018
The murder of Editor in Chief of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, at the Press colony in Srinagar condemned as a brutal attack on press freedom. @IFJGlobal. https://t.co/h1kELDPOq9 pic.twitter.com/nCYrikHYF5
— Jim Boumelha (@JimBoumel) June 14, 2018
The U.S. Mission in India strongly condemns the killing of #ShujaatBukhari, a highly-respected journalist and the Editor-in-Chief of @RisingKashmir, and security officers Hamid Chaudhary and Mumtaz Awan. We offer our sincere condolences to their family, friends, and colleagues.
— Ken Juster (@USAmbIndia) June 15, 2018
Unacceptable: Another journalist has been murdered in India. Veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who regularly reported on human rights abuses, was shot and killed in broad daylight on Thursday https://t.co/8HrMYnoQmO
— Freedom of the Press (@FreedomofPress) June 14, 2018
Indian authorities must bring killers of Shujaat Bukhari to justice https://t.co/nThqHxfwJE
— Committee to Protect Journalists (@pressfreedom) June 14, 2018
The Editors Guild of India unequivocally condemns the assassination of Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari. This is a grave attack on press freedom and democratic voices. We will be issuing a more detailed statement soon
— Editors Guild of India (@IndEditorsGuild) June 14, 2018
A newspaper editor, murdered by unknown assailants in Kashmir today, on the front page of the paper he established and edited. Truly gutted.
Rest in peace, Shujat Bukhari. pic.twitter.com/bZBRtgdrTu
— Mirza Waheed (@MirzaWaheed) June 14, 2018
Unbelievable! Kashmiri editor Shujaat Bukhari has been killed. What madness. A terrible loss. https://t.co/HfHh8SAWA0
— Basharat Peer (@BasharatPeer) June 14, 2018
Local pro India politicians and bureaucrats condemned the event as:
Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat’s killing. That too, on the eve of Eid. We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace. Justice will be done. https://t.co/8oCNXan13L
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) June 14, 2018
inna lilahi wa inna illahi rajiuun. Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 14, 2018
Unbelievable that voice of voice less Shujat Bukhari is no more.Kaskmiris have a right to know why brutality crossed all hieghts.Let UJC and others make people know their stand over the tragedy.Just denial and condemnations will not work.Same is true for security agencies
— Er. Rasheed (@mlalangate) June 14, 2018
Spare me the symbolism. What all do I mourn today? Killing of a human being? A fellow Kashmiri? A dear friend? An accomplished journalist? An obedient son? A loving brother? A caring father? A cultural activist? An articulate voice? Brutality of killing a rozadar @ Iftaar?
— Haseeb Drabu (@HaseebDrabu) June 14, 2018
RIP Shujhat Bhukari. Your exemplary courage, integrity and compassion is huge loss. I shall miss you my friend. Another great soul lost to the tragedy of Kashmir on the eve of Eid.
— Amitabh Mattoo (@amitabhmattoo) June 14, 2018
At Syed Shujat Bukhari's funeral today, I realised that life has come to a dead end in Kashmir. We are now nothing but a large crowd of numb mourners going from house to house and graveyard to graveyard, each one of us waiting for our turn to die.
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) June 15, 2018
Leaders of Indian political parties too had their say as:
The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 14, 2018
I’m anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir. He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 14, 2018
Heard the terrible news about senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari. Enemies of humanity have silenced a voice of sanity in Kashmir. May God give courage to his family in this hour of grief
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 14, 2018
Saddened and shocked at the brutal killing of respected editor and senior journalist @bukharishujaat With a few hours to go for Eid this is terrible. No words are enough for this big tragedy
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 14, 2018
Shocked to hear about d attack on d Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar. Reprehensible n condemnable cowardly act of d terrorists
— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) June 14, 2018
Heart-breaking! #Kashmir is first of all about the people of Kashmir. When #Kashmiris are in pain and Kashmir is reduced to a valley of fear & death, the only way we can pay tribute to #ShujaatBukhari is by talking about the pain of #Kashmir and insisting on a political solution. https://t.co/gV5zMKBnnd
— Dipankar (@Dipankar_cpiml) June 15, 2018
Other voices from India:
The killing of Shujat Bukhari may not be what it appears. There are wheels within wheels in the smoke and mirrors scenario of Kashmir. And the murky demarcation between the non-state actors and the state actors indulging in terrorism is getting more and more obfuscated every day.
— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) June 14, 2018
Every act of terrorism is a coward’s response to fear. They may have silenced one fearless voice but Shujaat Bukhari is a martyr & his victory will be when each Indian can speak for peace. Eid celebrates compassion for humanity which cannot exist without freedom from violence.
— Kailash Satyarthi (@k_satyarthi) June 15, 2018
Government of Pakistan and other voices from there:
#Pakistan expresses deep shock and sadness about the assassination of Chief Editor of daily Rising #Kashmir and renowned #Kashmiri journalist, Shujaat Bukhari who was shot dead along with his two security guards at Press Avenue in #Srinagar. pic.twitter.com/UdDLYEua1C
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) June 14, 2018
This is shocking news! Shujaat was a voice of truth and reason and decency. All of us at The Friday Times are immeasurably grieved. We condemn this dastardly attack. https://t.co/Q2LvDJvmke
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) June 14, 2018
Shocked and saddened at Shujaat Bukhari’s murder;he was no ordinary journalist. Less than a month ago he was speaking out about atrocities in Srinagar on a panel I was chairing in Islamabad. As Editor of Rising Kashmir, he did his profession proud. Kashmir just lost a big voice https://t.co/g98uSGdzcE
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) June 14, 2018
Kashmiri jounalist Shujjat Bukhari's targeted killing within hours of his tweet on the OHCHR report on Jammu & Kashmir – terrible coincidence, raises serious questions – India should investigate and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) June 14, 2018
Most dangerous profession.Another journalist assassinated.Very sad to know about the target killing of @bukharishujaat in Srinagar we met few weeks back in Islamabad and we both addressed a seminar on Kashmir may Allah rest his soul in peace(Ameen) https://t.co/MTXw13nLP8
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) June 14, 2018
— Madiha Khan (@ShakilMadiha) June 15, 2018
I can’t believe, I just read his lasts msgs where he was telling about his summit experience & was excited about latest @UN report about Kashmir.
Allah Janat ul Firdos main jagah day @bukharishujaat sb… I’ll miss your words “abad rahen iram” ? pic.twitter.com/7fms6Xh9a8
— Iram Ahmad Khan (@Iram_Ahmad_Khan) June 14, 2018
India can never hide its atrocities in Jammu Kashmir with the martyrdom of Shujat Bukhari. The indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmir can never by suppressed.#HafizSaeed #Jammu #Kashmir @bukharishujaat pic.twitter.com/vYsQewBTF1
— جماعۃ الدعوۃ پاکستان (@JUDPakOfficial) June 14, 2018
I’m shocked to hear the news about the killing of our friend @bukharishujaat in Kashmire, No words for condemnation, solidarity with his families and oppressed Kashmiris
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) June 14, 2018