SRINAGAR: Friday, June 15, 2018-On Thursday, the police officials said on Thursday, Shujaat Bukhari, aged 50, Veteran journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside the newspaper’s office, in the heart of Srinagar. The officials said, “Bukhari, when leaving his office in Press Enclave in the city, center Lal Chowk for an iftar party when he was shot, while one of the personal security officers (PSO) guarding him was killed, another policeman and a civilian were injured”.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister. Mehbooba Mufti, in a message, told that she was shocked and saddened by Bukhari’s “sudden demise”. She said, “The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family”.
Terrorism, she added, “has hit a new low with Bukhari’s killing, that too on the eve of Eid”.
“We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace. Justice will be done,” Mehbooba tweeted.
It was not clearly confirmed till now that how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who had earlier also worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent.
Bukhari was instrumental in organizing several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley. He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.