Slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest in occupied Kashmir

NEW DELHI: On Friday, slain Kashimiri Journalist Syed Shujaat Bukhari was laid to rest in valley Kashmir amid cries and emotions.

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His funeral procession was attended by hundreds including former J&K CM Omar Abdullah.

The slain editor-in-chief of the newspaper Rising Kashmir –who was gunned down outside his office in Srinagar a day earlier.

Bukhari and his two personal security officers (PSOs) were fired upon indiscriminately by unidentified gunmen after he left the office around 7 pm on Thursday. The 52-year-old was killed by three motorcycle-borne assailants, as per CCTV footage released by the police.

The deceased received multiple bullets in his head and abdomen.

Shujaat was accompanied by his driver and personal security officer. Bukhari had been part of India’s delegation for informal peace talks on Kashmir with Pakistani representatives held in Dubai last year.

He was instrumental in organizing several conferences for Kashmir peace.

It is pertinent to mention here that more than 130 people have been killed this year in militant violence in Kashmir.

The attack on Bukhari coincided with discussions being held over an extension of a ceasefire by security forces in Kashmir.

Earlier, India rejected a U.N. report that accused it of having used excessive force in disputed Kashmir to kill and wound civilians since 2016, and which called for an international inquiry into accusations of rights violations.

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