Srinagar: Condemning BJP leader Lal Singh for his ‘shameful threat to Kashmiris journalists’, AIP President Engineer Rashid has said that Singh’s utterance has exposed the dirty mindset of communal and criminal forces. He added that Singh, in whatever he does, has the blessings of his masters sitting in New Delhi.
“Whatsoever Mr. Lal Singh has been doing from day one after Kathua rape and murder case, he has complete blessings of his masters in New Delhi and has been given a free hand to use even Indian tri-colour to give Rasana incident a communal colour,” Rashid said in a statement.
He added, “Everyone knows how difficult it is for any journalist to work in conflict zones like Kashmir. Threatening journalists by someone who has been a minister and is a sitting MLA is unacceptable and administration must ensure action against him. Lal Singh proved so ignorant by saying let Kashmiri journalists not forget what fate Basharat Bukhari met, forgetting that Basharat was his colleague in the cabinet and Shujaat was his brother. His statement makes one think about whatsoever he was talking seemed as if he knew why, how and who killed Shujat Bukhari.”
Rashid added that Kashmiri journalists, who have proved their worth not only in Indian sub-continent but all over world, don’t need dictations and sermons from those who are supporting rapists, murderers and Cow Rakshaks.
The independent lawmaker also pointed out that had the threat come from someone belonging to the Muslim community, entire national media, politicians and analysts all over India would have started dragging Islam in the entire story.
Bukhari was assassinated on June 14 by unidentified gunmen outside his office in Srinagar, a day before Eid and few minutes before Iftaar (breaking of Fast during Ramzan). Bukhari succumbed to his injuries and was declared brought dead at the hospital.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein during his opening statement of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday said that he was deeply saddened by the assassination of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
While calling him a human rights defender, Hussein said, “I am tremendously saddened by the assassination last week of Shujaat Bukhari, a courageous human rights defender actively working for peace, including through his participation in the Track Two diplomacy seeking to help both India and Pakistan put an end to the violence.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists while strongly condemned the killing of the editor said that Indian authorities must bring killers of Bukhari to justice.