Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday expressed shock over the killing of Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui whereas overlaying the Taliban “atrocities” in Kandahar.
In a message, Mr Ghani reiterated his authorities’s unwavering dedication to freedom of speech and safety of free media and journalists in Afghanistan.
“I am deeply saddened with the shocking reports that Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering the Taliban atrocities in Kandahar,” Mr Ghani mentioned.
His message was launched by the Afghan embassy in India.
“While I extend my heartfelt condolences to Sidiqqui’s family and also to our media family, I reiterate my government’s unwavering commitment to freedom of speech and protection of free media and journalists,” he mentioned.
Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay mentioned Mr Siddiqui was killed in Kandahar on Thursday evening whereas being on an project.
“Deeply disturbed by the sad news of the killing of a friend, Danish Siddiqui in Kandahar last night. The Indian Journalist & winner of Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family & Reuters,” Mr Mamundzay tweeted.
In response to queries concerning Mr Siddiqui’s loss of life in Afghanistan, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned the federal government is in contact with the photojournalist’s household.
“Our Ambassador in Kabul is in touch with Afghan authorities. We are keeping his family informed of the developments,” he mentioned.
Afghanistan’s Tolo News, quoting sources, reported that Mr Siddiqui was killed throughout clashes in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar.
It mentioned fierce combating has been underway in Kandahar, particularly in Spin Boldak, for the previous few days.
Afghanistan witnessed a sequence of terror assaults in the previous few weeks because the US withdrew nearly all of its troops from the nation and aimed to finish the drawdown by August 31, ending practically two-decade of its navy presence within the nation.
The Taliban was evicted from energy by the US-led forces in 2001. Now, because the US is pulling again its troops, the Taliban fighters try to achieve management of assorted elements of the nation.
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