Taliban denies killing Indian journalist, express regret over his death

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 Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed along with a senior Afghan officer while covering the ongoing tussle between Afghan forces and Taliban militants. Indian Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla accursed the death of Mumbai based journalist after the news came out on Friday, July 15th.

Governments and diplomats mourned the death of the reporter quoting it as an attack on media. In a recent update, Taliban denied its involvement in killing of Danish and said “We are not aware about how the journalist died”. The Islamist group’s spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid, in his recent conversation told the CNN-News18 that “We are sorry for Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui’s death. We regret that journalists are entering war zone without telling us.”

Siddiqui was believed to be one of the finest Indian news photographers who was conferred upon the Pulitzer award for his exceptional service in journalism. He will also be remembered for bringing the miserable condition of the Rohingya Muslim community out in the public notice.

He was a member of the reporters group for Reuters covering the warlike situation in Afghanistan. He was looked upon as a journalist always pumped up for working on tough and challenging projects.

 Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay also grieved over the news of the demise of Danish and referred to him as his friend whom he recently met.

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