India condemns Danish Siddiqui’s killing; Taliban give body to Red Cross
NEW DELHI: The body of Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed while covering the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan on Friday, has been handed over to the Red Cross by the Taliban, government sources said.
Expressing condolences to Siddiqui’s family, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said the journalist, who was employed by an international news agency, had been killed while covering the Taliban atrocities in Kandahar.
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla condemned the killing of the journalist while speaking at the UN Security Council on Friday.
According to reports from Kabul, the Pulitzer Prize-wng journalist was embedded with Afghan troops who were ambushed by the Taliban near the Spin Boldak border crossing.
The Indian embassy in Kabul was in touch with Afghan authorities to bring back the mortal remains of Siddiqui, officials here said. “We are actively facilitating the return of the body in coordination with Afghan authorities and the ICRC. We are in regular touch with family members of Siddiqui,” said a source here.
Afghanistan'’s Tolo News, quoting sources, reported that Siddiqui was killed during clashes in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar. It said that fierce fighting has been under way in Kandahar, especially at Spin Boldak, for the last few days. Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of shielding the Taliban forces who claim to have taken over the border crossing with Pakistan.
Afghanistan has witnessed a series of terror attacks in the last few weeks with the US withdrawing majority of its troops from the country and aiming to complete the drawdown by August 31, ending nearly two decades of its military presence in the country.
The 57 nation Organization of Islamic Countries should send Islamic Peace troops to protect the Afghsn People, especially women, from Taliban atrocities
Both Pakistan and Afghanistan are now terrorist countries, where law does not work.
Barkha Dutt and Ravish kumar of NDTV are the best choice to fulfill this gap at least Pro nationalist will not die in Taliban conflict
印度NDTV电视台的Barkha Dutt和Ravish kumar是接替他的最佳选择，至少亲民族主义者不会死在塔利班冲突中
Pakistan will have to pay one day for supporting Taliban.
Taliban is a cruel organization and does not spare anyone opposing their ideology.
Danish was biased as a journalist.Its good that dog is killed, may he rot in hell for ever.
Ramesh T M
So sad this young journalist was killed while in action in Afghanistan where no law applies. It's indeed a brutal war zone where savages are ruling.
The main culprits are the arms dealers would supply arms to the Taliban.If the arms supply is ceased completely then it restricts the damage they can do.Religious bigotry and greed is the sure way to destruction and doom
Pulitzer means hype and fake news reporter
He was a our own hero who will find real jannat . It is not a war by Taliban, it is a war by pakistan on afghan soil.
I am wondering who gives money to Taliban to fight. And what they are fighting for ? From childhood I hear the news of fighting , terror, blast etc rtc from Afgsnistan. Strange this country abd leaders never talk about aby growth and development.
No regrets if one is a true indian. Jai hind, and in this particular case Jai Taliban !!
Muslim killing muslim. None of my business.
stop covering useless news.. who cares?
Finally, some good work by Taliban.
Nemam Natarajan Pasupathy
Why our secular media and secular parties are silent? No editorials ? No condemnation of Pakistan for shielding Taliban!!
No sympathy for this traitor who hated Indians; Hindus in particular!
The man got killed by his own people!!!
Pulitzer and Nobel prizes given to dic-tors criminals and frausters .
Keep it Taliban. Nice shooting.