SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooa Mufti strongly condemned the killing of veteran journalist and Editor of Rising Kashmir, Syed Shujaat Bukhari, who was killed this evening outside his office in Srinagar.
In a condolence message, the Chief Minister described the killing as highly barbaric, deplorable and condemnable. “His killing today has only established that violence cannot stand the scrutiny of logic and rationality,” she said in a statement, adding that the entire state stands in unanimity in condemning this inhuman act of savagery.
Mufti said the contribution rendered by Shujaat Bukhari in institutionalisation the media in Kashmir was 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 in her message.
The Chief Minister visited the hospital and paid her respects to the departed soul. She also conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family, particularly his parents, wife and two kids.
Governor NN Vohra conveyed shock and grief on the killing of Bukhari and recalled him as a veteran journalist. The Governor described his murder as a big loss to the media fraternity.
The Governor prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family. The Governor called Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Shujaat’s brother who is also a cabinet minister, to convey his heartfelt sympathy.