Who was Shujaat Bukhari?

Shujaat Bukhari

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and former chief minister of the state tweeted their anguish over the attack on the veteran journalist Shajaat Bukhari.

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 officers in the heart of Srinagar. He came to meet me a few days back.

"Assassination of #ShujaatBukhari is a brutal attack on freedom of press".

One of his guards was also killed in the attack and another is critically injured, police told the BBC.

Bukhari, a frequent contributor to the BBC News website, was attacked in his vehicle near the office of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, which he edited.

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Bukhari, 49, was the editor of English daily Rising Kashmir and the brother of Basharat Bukhari, a minister in the J&K government.

Bukhari had been part of India's delegation for informal peace talks on Kashmir with Pakistani representatives held in Dubai past year. Veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta said he was mourning the loss of "an incredibly courageous editor and an invaluable voice of middle-ground moderation". "My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family".

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Editors' Guild of India condemned what it called the "dastardly attack" on Bukhari. Talking to media, she said: "This is really shocking. My deepest condolences to his family".

The 49-page report - the first ever issued by the United Nations on the human rights situation in Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir - details human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control, and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces. "He will be missed". He was instrumental in organising several conferences for Kashmir peace.

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