CPIML(New Democracy) condemns the contemptible gunning down of Shujaat Bukhari, Editor of Rising Kashmir and its three sister publications on June 14, 2018. Eloquent spokesperson of and firm believer in the right of self determination of people of J&K, Shujaat Bukhari ruthlessly exposed the instances of state terror against them. On the same day as he was brutally killed, Bukhari had been using social media to propagate the UN Human Rights Council Chief’s Report on the situation in Kashmir and had commented that it was the first time that the UN had undertaken such an exercise. His gunning down by “unknown” operatives in a high security zone in the capital city of Srinagar- the Press Enclave area- which is teeming with operatives of the armed forces and barrier after barrier to free movement, is astonishing. Even the ex CM of J&K, Omar Abdullah, said on NDTV that it is surprising that the killers were able to conduct a recee, gun down the Editor and his two guards and get away from the area unchallenged.
Bukhari was not just a thoroughly honest journalist; he was also a speaker for the rights of the Kashmiri people. He was part of the movement which reintroduced the teaching of Kashmiri language in the Valley’s schools.… Read More