Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti have strongly condemned the killing of veteran journalist and Editor of daily Rising Kashmir, Syed Shujaat Bukhari, who was killed this evening at his office in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) also strongly condemned the killing of Mr Bukhari.
Recalling Bukhari's standing as a veteran journalist, the Governor described his murder as a big loss to the media fraternity.
In a message, the Governor has prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. Mr Vohra called Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Cabinet Minister and Shujaat's brother, to convey his heartfelt sympathy.
Meanwhile, in her condolence message, the Chief Minister described the killing of Mr Bukhari as highly barbaric, deplorable and condemnable. "His killing today has only established that violence cannot stand the scrutiny of logic and rationality," she said, adding the whole State today stands in unanimity in condemning this inhuman act of savagery.
Ms Mehbooba said the role and contribution rendered by Mr Bukhari in institutionalisation the media here has become part of the journalistic history of the State. "One would always see him raising issues of common cause concerning people. He would often fight for the issues of people through his columns and various discussions but alas this voice of people stands silenced today brutally," she added.
An emotional Chief Minister visited the Hospital and paid her respects to the departed soul. She also conveyed her heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family particularly his parents, wife and two kids.
The KEG said it is yet another shameful attack on the media in Kashmir that has been surviving with such attacks since 1989.
The KEG, while strongly condemning the act, termed the killing as dastardly and a great loss to the media fraternity in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. "Media in Kashmir has been operating in a testing situation in Kashmir for all these decades of crisis. The intermittent killings and attacks have been adding the crisis in which the media was barely surviving," a statement issued by KEG said.
Mr Bukhari has been a senior journalist who rose from a reporter. He had a long inning in The Hindu which he left at the position of senior assistant editor to take-over the Rising Kashmir. He reported Kashmir turmoil since 1990s and was well respected in the fraternity for his contributions he made to the institution of media. One of the prominent faces of the media, Mr Bukhari was one of the few journalists who was a keen lover of art and culture and headed the Adbi Markaz Kamraz for many years.
Mr Bukhari has survived a serious heart attack only two years back. He is survived by his wife and two kids, a son and a daughter.
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