The gruesome killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar by unknown gunmen has sent shockwaves across the nation.
Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, was my former colleague in The Hindu. He joined The Hindu in 1997 and served there till 2012. What makes the killing of Shujaat Bukhari and his personal security officer, all the more painful is that he always strived to raise voice against turbulence in Kashmir and promote peace and sanity. He had a total perceptive grasp of the situation and ground realities in Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in her condolence message said that militancy had hit a new low especially on the eve of Eid. She called for uniting against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace.
Press Club of India President Gautam Lahiri and Secretary-General Vinay Kumar in a statement strongly condemned the killing of Shujaat Bukhari by terrorists in Srinagar on Thursday evening.
“Press Club of India is shocked and saddened by this mindless terror attack that claimed the life of Shujaat Bukhari in the holy month of Ramzan. He had started his career as a young reporter with Kashmir Times and moved to The Hindu as its Kashmir correspondent in the 90s where his in-depth, analytical and objective reporting from the Valley got him recognition on the national and international level. Later, he established his own English daily Rising Kashmir.
Press Club of India has time and again underlined the threat to the lives of journalists working under difficult and challenging circumstances and demanded protection for them.
Terror attack that took Shujaat Bukhari’s life shows that lives of journalists are not at all safe. Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace.
Press Club of India deeply mourns the loss of Shujaat Bukhari’s life and extends its condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of crisis.”