Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead in Srinagar

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Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead this evening outside his office in Srinagar in an audacious terror attack that has left the nation in shock.

Unknown attackers shot Bukhari today at close range in the city's Press Colony, according to news reports. Reportedly, two motor-cycle borne gunmen fired indiscriminately upon Bhukhari when he was heading towards his home.

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the killing "cannot be condemned enough", and praised Bukhari for "carrying out his professional responsibilities with courage and conviction".

His driver and personal security officer (PSO) were also injured.

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In the past, Bukhari had served as the bureau chief of Indian national paper The Hindu in Kashmir for more than a decade. His security guard died in the hospital, while another is in critical condition.

Bukhari was a protected journalist, guarded by two armed policemen round the clock, in a disputed area of India where political violence and threats to reporters is commonplace.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the murder was a brutal attack on freedom of press. Bukhari was an extensively travelled journalist, who used to write in English, Kashmiri and Urdu. "My deepest condolences to his family", Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report released in December last year said that the media in Jammu and Kashmir has "walked the razor's edge" for the past 30 years, facing pressures from all sides of the conflict. Bukhari later told Reporters Without Borders that the instigators and perpetrators of this kind of attack are rarely caught in Kashmir. He was also part of the Track II diplomacy process with Pakistan. He was instrumental in organising conferences for peace in Kashmir.

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