An American magazine has made a sensational claim about the murder of a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist in Afghanistan. The report states that Danish Siddiqui was neither killed in the gunfight in Afghanistan, nor was he a casualty during these incidents. The Taliban had captured a moderately injured Danish after attacking a local mosque and brutally murdered him after knowing his ‘Indian’ identity.
Danish was covering the Taliban-Afghan war
Danish Siddiqui died while covering a clash between Afghan troops and the Taliban in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar city, the US magazine Washington Examiner reported on Thursday. At that time he was on a visit to the Spin Boldak area with the Afghan National Army team. Their aim was to cover the ongoing war between Afghan forces and the Taliban for control of border crossings with Pakistan.
Taliban captured Danish after attacking the mosque
The report claimed that Siddiqui suffered shrapnel injuries due to the attack on the Afghan National Army convoy during this period and so he and his team went to a local mosque, where they received first aid. However, as soon as news spread that a journalist was in the mosque, the Taliban attacked. Local investigation has revealed that the Taliban attacked the mosque because of Siddiqui’s presence.
Danish was alive at the time of capture, killing Indian Jankar
The report said that Danish Siddiqui was alive when the Taliban captured him. The Taliban confirmed Siddiqui’s identity and then killed him and his associates. The commander and the rest of his team died as they tried to save him. Siddiqui’s body was brought to the Delhi airport on the evening of July 18 with the help of the local Red Cross and was cremated at the Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard.
Taliban does not respect the rules of war and global treaties
Michael Rubin, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote that a widely circulated image showed Siddiqui’s face as unrecognizable. However, I reviewed other photographs provided to me by an Indian government source and video of Siddiqui’s body, which showed the Taliban attacking Siddiqui on the head and then ridding him of bullets. The report said the Taliban’s decision to attack, kill Siddiqui and then mutilate his body shows that they do not respect the rules of war or global treaties.
Taliban denies killing Danish
The Taliban have repeatedly denied killing Danish Siddiqui. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a conversation with Dainik Bhaskar that they did not know whose bullet Danish was killed. Zabiullah said that the Danish did not take any permission from us before coming to the battlefield. He was in the enemy’s tank and is himself responsible for his death. A Taliban spokesman claimed that no cruelty was done to Danish’s body. Taliban spokesman and commander Maulana Yusuf Ahmadi had denied the killing of Danish in a conversation with India Today.
[Attribution to NBT]