Shujaat Bukhari, Editor of ‘Rising Kashmir’, Shot Dead in Srinagar

From TheWire.in

[Kabir’s Note: This is extremely tragic. We don’t know who the gunmen were. But this is an attack on freedom of expression and a great loss to Kashmir’s media fraternity]

New Delhi: Veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari, editor-in-chief of the Srinagar-based newspaper Rising Kashmir, was shot dead on Thursday by unknown assailants.

Two personal security officers were also critically injured in the attack that took place in Srinagar’s Press Colony. While one succumbed to his injuries, the other is battling for his life at SKIMS hospital. According to local reports, the journalist “received multiple bullets in the head and abdomen”.

None of the terrorist groups active in the Valley have so far claimed responsibility. The last time a journalist was killed in Kashmir was over a decade ago. Srinagar itself saw killings in 2003, when Parvaz Muhammad Sultan, a reporter for a local news agency, was shot dead by gunmen in his office, and August 2000, when a bomb blast killed Pradeep Bhatia, a photographer with the Hindustan Times.

It is possible that Bukhari’s assassination is also linked to efforts by terrorist groups to disrupt the ceasefire Delhi has declared for the month of Ramzan. Last week, Bukhari wrote an article welcoming the ceasefire and expressing the hope that it could break the cycle of violence.

Bukhari, who had been based in Srinagar, had been running the Rising Kashmir for a little over a decade. Coming from an illustrious family of Kashmir – with a journalist as father,  his elder brother Syed Basharat Bukhari serving as law minister in the Mehbooba Mufti government and another a government servant – Shujaat was one of the most respected names in Indian journalism.

Prior to launching his own newspaper, he was bureau chief of The Hindu in Srinagar for nearly 15 years. Widely travelled, Bukhari used to write in Kashmiri and Urdu as well as English. He was also the president of Adbee Markaz Kamraz, the biggest and oldest cultural and literary organisation of the Valley.

A voice of reason and sanity, Bukhari did not flinch from highlighting human rights abuses and consistently advocated dialogue as the way for resolution of Kashmir’s problems.

 

 

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Kabir

I am Pakistani-American. I hold a B.A. degree from George Washington University, where I majored in Dramatic Literature and minored in Western Classical Music. During my undergraduate education, I spent two years at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where I studied Social Sciences, including Anthropology, Sociology and Political Philosophy. I have studied Hindustani Classical Vocal from a young age. Currently I am teaching an undergraduate course on the history of music in South Asia at LUMS. At BP, I intend to write on art, music and literature.

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AnAn
5 years ago

Very sad. May Shujaat Bukhari walk the path of the good and righteous through the doors of heaven and ever smile upon us. May his goodness and love ever express through us.

leopard
leopard
5 years ago

This guy actually justified Charlie hebdo attacks.

AnAn
5 years ago
Reply to  leopard

leopard, I didn’t know that. This might be the worst mistake in Shujaat Bukhari’s life. He must answer before Allah for being so unislamic and islamaphobic. Allah is infinitely wise and just.

hoipolloi
hoipolloi
5 years ago
Reply to  leopard

leopad, I am not doubting your assertion that he justified Charlie hebdo attacks. Hope you or some one confirm this with a link since it is relevant to this story.

AnAn
5 years ago

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/06/14/will-shujaat-bukharis-assassination-finally-force-india-to-wake-up/?utm_term=.ad2947120872

hoipolloi, it is confirmed. BTW I am not a huge fan of Barkha Dutt.

Currently freedom, including freedom of the press is under threat from two sources:
1) Islamists
2) Post Modernists

India should approve an amendment to the constitution guaranteeing freedom of art, press, speech, thought. This is consistent with European Enlightenment and Sanathana Dharma.

hoipolloi
hoipolloi
5 years ago
Reply to  AnAn

Thanks AnAn. Your response is much appreciated.

AnAn
5 years ago
Reply to  hoipolloi

I am not that smart to be honest.

I should add that freedom is consistent with European Enlightenment, Arya culture [Sanathana Dharma (including Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism), Zorastrianism, Taoism, Shintoism], Abrahamic faiths [including my interpretation of the holy Koran], Yezidi-ism, ancient Egyptian religion, ancient Sumerian religion. Suspect this might also be true of Ba’hai, Druze, Manicheanism, Mandaeism, Allawism too; although I don’t know for sure.

For all I know this might also be true of Inca religion, Maya religion, Olmec religion, Aztec religion too. I haven’t studied them.

AnAn
5 years ago
Reply to  Kabir

Dogras “ARE” Kashmiri. So are Ladhakh Buddhists. You are right that Indian people must to right by their beloved Kashmiri brothers and sisters–whom they love more than life itself.

The nuance of Kashmir is difficult to discuss because of the emotions it generates.

AnAn
5 years ago

Kabir, how much of Tibet do you consider to be Kashmiri? The Princely State of Kashmir and Jammu fought many wars with Tibet. As did the Moghuls before them. I find these wars and Tibetan Kashmiri relations to be fascinating:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibet%E2%80%93Ladakh%E2%80%93Mughal_War

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How well do you think the Sikhs ruled Kashmir (and Kashmiri Tibet) 1820 to 1846. How about this compromise; Indian Punjab, Kashmir and part of Pakistani Punjab (not most of it) forms a new state. The Sikhs can protect the new state and lead economic development. What do you think?

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Another possiblity. Kashmir and the Northern tip of Pakistan join Afghanistan. Kashmir has long been part of Afghanistan. I think India would love this idea and agree to it. Would you support this?

V.C.Vijayaraghavan
5 years ago

Bhukhari , an Indian citizen has been killed by the same forces which have organized attacks on the Indian Parliament, Mumbai attacks in 2008, hundreds of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and India. They and their employers should be punished

AnAn
5 years ago

Is it confirmed that Islamist Jihadis killed him?

Islamist Jihadis have killed over 100,000 Pakistanis, over 70,000 Indians and over 300,000 Afghans since the 1980. Islamist Jihadis have killed over a million muslims all over the world since 1980 and even now regularly threaten and intimidate patriotic good UK muslims. This is completely unacceptable and needs to stop. Nonmuslims need to stop enabling Islamist Jihadi attacks against good muslims.

V.C.Vijayaraghavan
5 years ago
Reply to  AnAn

They are not freelance jihadis ; they are mobilized , orchestrated , directed, funded , steered and enabled by the the Pakistani army in pursuit of what Pakistan considers cheap way to keep India bleeding. That will stop when it is no more cheap and the costs are high.

Secular Indian
Secular Indian
5 years ago
Reply to  Kabir

What was ‘stupid’ was the inference you drew from the incident. This is a wake up call to the indian govt to find new ways to control the islamist elements in the valley. They should probably take a lead from the way your’iron brother’ friend controls islamists in xinjiang. Kashmir should not become another man made disaster like Pakistan already has.

Xerxes the Magian
5 years ago
Reply to  Secular Indian

Hi all,

Just an admin note to all, if this thread spirals into ad hominem etc I’ll just close the thread and delete the offending comments.

All views are welcome let’s just keep it above board SVP..

V.C.Vijayaraghavan
5 years ago
Reply to  Secular Indian

@Secular Indian “the islamist elements in the valley” , at any rate more militants of them are controlled by ISI through their “resources” like LeT.

Saurav
Saurav
5 years ago
Reply to  Kabir

I understand your skepticism when it comes to his murder, but it wont be the first time that militants have killed one who is widely believed to be sympathetic to there cause. Mirwaiz father, Lone etc were as separatist as they come but were still killed by them. The adulation of his work not withstanding the left liberals in India are barking up the wrong tree, the state will not listen to them since they have been making the opposite point of situation deteriorating which has come through with this murder.

Saurav
Saurav
5 years ago
Reply to  Kabir

I disagree on both points. I think its important to find who killed him and for what reason. As with other islamist forces, they will purge the heretic/moderate voices as well. Any one engaging with Indian political establishment at any level is fair game.

Valley is not a huge problem for India compared to the 90s where India had other secession movement with a weaker economy. There would be some condemnation here and there but India has learnt to live with it. What India’s has learnt is, apparently, the greater national power a country has the lesser human right violation a country is supposedly committing (like China)

Janmejaya
Janmejaya
5 years ago

Here you go. Praveen Swami is as neutral a journalist as you can hope to achieve.

Shujaat Bukhari was definitely killed by Pakistan supported terrorists.

https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/shujaat-bukhari-kashmir-journalist-militants-pdp-hizb-lashkar-ceasefire-ramzan

Vijay Vanbakkam
Vijay Vanbakkam
5 years ago
Reply to  Kabir

It is well known all over the world that the Pakistani govt – read Army – created and supports terrorist organisations which are well known .
The U.S. State Department lists three Islamist groups active in Kashmir as foreign terrorist organizations: Harakat ul-Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

There are other jihadi outfits which are less well -known . So, ISI has been playing these cards to export terrorism as it sees fit. So, LeT may “condemn” killing of Bhukhari, but other ISI’s minions would have carried out the assassination.

There are coldblooded calculations behind these assassinations – one is obviously silence the voice of someone who does not toe ISI- jihadist line in Kashmir ; and make the killing an example for other potential independent line of thinking ; by not making immediate claims Kashmiri’s anger won’t be turned against Pakistan; by making assassinations a regular part of life in Kashmir , the credibility of the Indian state to protect Kashmiris can be called into question . Pakistani army has mastered the algorithm of jihadi terrorism , or so it thinks

https://www.theglobalist.com/pakistan-united-states-afghanistan-taliban-strategy-war/

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/kashmir-militant-extremists

Snake Charmer
Snake Charmer
5 years ago

Enough is enough! Kashmiris have suffered tremendously under Indian rule. India must grant them freedom – Now! All Kashmiris who want to leave must be allowed to leave Kashmir with immediately effect. India owes it to the Kashmiris that it should pay for their one way fare to wherever they wish to go. In fact it must pick the tab for moving their luggage too.

AnAn
5 years ago
Reply to  Kabir

I think Snake Charmer was joking.

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