No doubt terrorists are behind Shujaat Bukhari's death: Rajnath Singh

Hundreds bid farewell to Shujaat Bukhari as senior journalist laid to rest in ancestral village in Kashmir's Baramulla

Hundreds bid farewell to Shujaat Bukhari as senior journalist laid to rest in ancestral village in Kashmir's Baramulla

Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat's killing.

Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir, one of the region's leading newspapers, was killed as he was leaving the paper's office in downtown Srinagar, when the gunmen attacked his vehicle. He came to meet me a few days back. "The state government and the central government are committed for the freedom of press in the country and the state". Bukhari, who was returning home from his office, was in his auto when he, and his driver and a personal security officer were attacked.

Eyewitnesses said four terrorists wearing helmets and shalwar kameez appeared on two motorcycles outside the office of Rising Kashmir near Lal Chowk at 7.30pm just as Bukhari boarded his vehicle.

Rising Kashmir's Deputy Editor Ishfaq Naseem later confirmed Bukhari's death.

No group has claimed the killings but police say militants are suspected to have carried out the attack. "My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family".

"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 worldwide investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir", said Zeid.

Frontline Editor R Vijaysankar said Bukhari's shocking demise was a great loss to the world of journalism.

Hundreds bid farewell to Shujaat Bukhari as senior journalist laid to rest in ancestral village in Kashmir's Baramulla

Bukhari described the threat to Kashmiri journalists in a 2016 article for BBC News.

He was well-known in Kashmir and was previously a correspondent for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. "My deepest condolences to his family", Mehbooba tweeted.

The Press Club of India strongly condemned veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari's killing.

File image of journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Bukhari was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley.

The attack took place hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a security review meeting for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage that will begin later this month.