Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday wrote to the family of the editor-in chief of Rising Kashmir, late Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead along with his two guards by three motorcycle-borne assailants outside his office here last week.
“I am shocked at the cold-blooded killing of Shujaat Bukhari outside his office. One of the few moderate voices in an atmosphere torn apart by narrow political considerations, his loss is a grim reminder that progressive voices are constantly at the risk of being silenced by extremist elements,” he said in a letter to Rafiuddin Bukhari, Shujaat’s father.Gandhi said he lauded Bukhari’s courage to continue with his work, despite an earlier attempt on his life.
“In the true spirit of journalism, his moderate views were critical for a nuanced understanding of the Kashmir question. A firm votary of a political dialogue with Pakistan, his commitment towards a credible peace process will be remembered,” he said.
“I offer my sincere condolences to the team at Rising Kashmir and wish you success in carrying on the excellent work done by you,” the Congress chief added.Shujaat and his two guards were shot dead by three motorcycle-borne assailants outside his office here last week.