The Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC) on Monday condemned, and demanded an independent inquiry into the killing of Rising Kashmir editor ShujaatBukhari.
In a statement issued here, the GCC said: “The Group believes the dastardly act is a direct attack on the freedom of speech and expression and aimed at silencing the voices of reason, logic and justice. We demand a free, fair, and transparent investigation by an independent agency so that the so called unknown assassins are unmasked, brought to book and made to face justice.”
If the government is at forefront to condemn the assassination, it must be equally interested in a credible enquiry and have no objection to an independent investigation of the tragic incident by a body, with experts of international repute, on it, to unravel the truth,” the statement said.
The GCC added that untimely death of Shujaat has left a big void in journalism. The group expressed sympathies with Shujaat’s family and journalistic fraternity.
The signatories to the statement include Justice (Retd) HasnainMasoodi; former chairman Public Service Commission Muhammad ShafiPandit; GhulamRasool Sufi former chief information commissioner; Abdul Wahid Qureshi. former vice-chancellor Kashmir University; Hashmatullah Khan, former VC; GH Kango, former principal chief conservator of forests; AnuradhaBhasin, head of Kashmir Times; Fayaz A Kaloo, president Kashmir Editors Guild; RafeeqMasoodi, former DDG Prasar Bharti; NusratAndrabi, academic; KrishanLalKaul, businessman; Masood Ahmad Shah businessman; Prof Nissar Ali, academic; Abdul Rashid Khan, former IGP; Masood Hussain, artist; Feroze Ahmad, former Census commissioner from Ladakh; GhulamJeelaniNehvi, former secretary to government; GD Bakshi, cooperative activist and others.