Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Danish Siddiqui, an Indian photojournalist, was killed in Afghanistan.

Danish Siddiqui, an Indian photojournalist, was killed in Afghanistan.

The Indian photojournalist journalist was covering the condition in Kandahar for a lot of time.

Noted Danish Siddiqui killed during a Thursday night clash between the Afghan special forces and Taliban attackers. The leading news channel of Kabul Tolo News disclosed that Mr. Siddiqui, working for Reuters news, was covering the two sides battle in Kandahar district over the last few days. Mr. Siddiqui died in Spin Boldak district, which has a disputable international boundary in the middle of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Condolence by Ashraf Ghani

In a condolence message, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani expressed unity with the media, saying his government was committed to sustaining freedom of expression.

"I am deeply disheartened with shocking new that Reuters Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering the Taliban atrocities in Kandahar,"

He said. Reuters had reported that Mr. Siddiqui was in the primary market of Spin Boldak when he was trap in a clash. The Ministry of External Affairs said that Rudrendra Tandon, A Indian ambassador in Kabul, Afganistan, is in contact with the Afghan officials. "We are keeping his family update of any progress," said the official spokesperson of the Indian embassy.

Tolo News reported that a senior commander of the Afghan special forces, Sediq Karzai, was also killed.

President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni of Reuters said in a statement, "We are urgently collecting more information, working with authorities in the region." The news agency has reported that Mr . Siddiqui was injured by a bullet but later recovered.

In a statement, Ambassador of Afghan to India Farid Mamundzay sends his condolences to Reuters and his family.

"extremely broken by sad news of killing of a friend, Danish Siddiqui last night. Danish Siddiqui the Indian journalist was drive in with security forces of afgan. I met him before his departure to Kabul Two weeks ago," he stated.

Mr. Siddiqui was traveling in an armored Humvee with Afghan soldiers. He had shared videos over many days that showed the vehicle coming under attack on several instances. In his last statement filed on July 13 from Kandahar under challenging conditions, He recorded the experience of commandos who conducted a raid to save a kidnapped police officer.

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The border crossing area in Spin Boldak had hit the headlines after the Taliban reportedly occupied it for the time being. In response, Afghan forces launched attacks which soon escalated into a war of words between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Reporters of news channel France24 said wounded Taliban fighters were admitted to Pakistani hospitals for treatment.

Well disposed coverage

He was known for his well-disposed photographic coverage of current growth in the South Asia region. In recent yrs, his photographs of the Rohingya refugees who were disorderly by the Myanmar military from Rakhine province drew global attention to the extreme of the displaced community living in camps in Bangladesh. Pulitzer Prize certified the photographs of the Rohingya refugees.

Earlier the year, he used new techniques like drones to record the scale of the second wave of COVID in India. His photographs that showed funeral blaze burning in open spaces drew global attention to India's tragedy throughout March and May.

Foreign Minister of India consolation
In the message of condolence, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur shared an image captured by Mr. Siddiqui during his assignment covering the Rohingya disaster.

Mr. Thakur says

"Danish Siddiqui leaves behind an remarkable effort. He won Pulitzer Prize for Photography and was embedded with the Afghan Forces in Kandahar. Sharing one of his pictures below. Sincere condolences," 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also expressed his condolences and praised Danish Siddiqui's

"commitment to humanity."

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