Just in: Rising Kashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari shot

“This is really shocking. He came to meet me a few days back. This is upsetting,” said Mehbooba Mufti

“This is really shocking. He came to meet me a few days back. This is upsetting,” said Mehbooba Mufti

Veteran journalist and Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Syed Shujaat Bukhari and his two personal security officers (PSOs) were shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside the newspaper's office in Srinagar on Thursday.

Unknown gunmen killed Bukhari and his guard in Srinagar today, outside his office in the city´s press enclave.

The condition of the two injured in the shooting, which comes a day ahead of Eid, is critical, they said. Bukhari, who was returning home from his office, was in his vehicle when he, and his driver and a personal security officer were attacked. They were taken to the nearest hospital.

"Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat's killing", Mufti said on Twitter. Political parties and journalists condemned the killing.

Jammu and Kashmir police said that Bukhari had earlier criticised Pakistan in a social media post and they were scanning his social media accounts too. Condemnation poured in with Union home minister Rajnath Singh describing Bukhari's killing as "an act of cowardice".

"It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent global investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir", said Zeid. Bukhari had been given police protection following an attack on him in 2000. The scribes from across the country expressed shock after the attack. My condolences to his family. "Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace", Press Club of India said in a statement.

Bukhari had been part of India's delegation for informal peace talks on Kashmir with Pakistani representatives held in Dubai past year.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan for decades.

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