An Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui has been killed in Afghanistan. He was associated with the international news agency Reuters. Journalist Danish was present there for a few days over coverage of Afghanistan.
Danish Siddiqui, an Indian photojournalist in Kandahar, Afghanistan, has been killed. He has been associated with the international news agency Reuters. He was also a Pulitzer award winner. Afghanistan’s Ambassador in India, Farid Mamundzay, has expressed deep grief over his death. He said he had met Danish two weeks ago. Farid has described him as his close friend.
Danish had been there for a few days for coverage of the latest activities in Afghanistan. During the firing between Afghanistan’s Army and the Taliban in The Spin Boldak district of Kandahar, he was shot dead because of the ongoing conflict between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban, an extremist militia group.
Another talent lost:
Danish, a resident of Mumbai, had a graduate degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi. After this, he then took a mass communication course. He started his career as a TV journalist. Still, because of his interest in Photography, he then firmly pitched himself as a photojournalist in the field.
Danish then joined international media agency Reuters as a photojournalist. Danish was also the head of the Reuters Pictures team in India.
He covered the Corona Pandemic in 2020, the Battle of Mosul in 2016-17, the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the refugee crisis arising out of the Rohingya massacre, the Hong Kong protests in 2019-2020 after joining Reuters.
He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize as part of Reuters’ photography staff for extraordinary coverage of the Rohingya refugee crisis with colleague Adnan Abidi in 2018. Danish was the first Indian to win the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. During the 2020 Delhi riots, photos clicked by him were included in the most impressive photos of 2020 by Reuters.
A meeting is going on in Tashkent:
Danish died at a time when a special conference on the Afghanistan issue was going on in Tashkent. Representatives from Pakistan and India were also present at the two-day meeting. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar from India and Imran Khan from Pakistan side participated in the event.
Afghanistan’s situation is becoming more challenging:
The situation in Afghanistan is becoming increasingly difficult. Living and working in Afghanistan is becoming tougher day by day. In a few months, the threat from the Taliban to those working here has also increased considerably. About 56 Indians have also been repatriated from the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan because of the threat from Violence.
Let me tell you that the conflict between the Taliban and the Afghan army has increased considerably in Afghanistan for some time now. Ever since the US started to wrap up its troops from here, the Taliban have begun spreading their feet in Afghanistan. According to Taliban leaders, it has occupied more than 80% of the area. Because of these escalated situations in Afghanistan, its neighbours are deeply concerned about the growing Taliban’s influence.