Srinagar, Jun 15: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday condemned in strong words murder of Shujaat Bhukari editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir.
“This senseless act of unspeakable brutality has shaken the entire nation,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué.
The veteran journalist was shot dead yesterday outside his office in Press Enclave near Lal Chowk area of Srinagar city.
“It was a brutal assault on the freedom of press and an ominous portent for dissent in democracy,” he said.
DAK President said Shujaat was a fearless and uncompromising journalist who spoke truth to power.
He was always respected and revered for his brave journalism and for him, the newspaper was a conduit for speaking truth.
Paying rich tributes to the legend, Dr Nisar said his death is a great loss and has resulted in an unbridgeable void.
Shujaat was instrumental in establishing and shaping the journalism in Kashmir.
His contribution in the field of journalism will be remembered for a long time to come.
He was an inspiration for many young people to choose journalism as their profession
Calling the death as an irreparable loss, Dr Nisar said we have lost a gem of a person in the demise of Shujaat.
“A man of impeccable integrity, his commitment to the welfare of people of Kashmir was commendable,” he said.
Dr Nisar said through his writings, he played a vital role in strengthening and shaping the society.”
“Shujaat was a true son of the soil. I have lost a friend, but nation has lost an asset,” he said.
Meanwhile, a delegation of DAK led by its president today visited the house of deceased at Kreeri Pattan and expressed heartfelt sympathies with the family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
Meanwhile, Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora, condemns the demise of Senior Journalist and Editor-In-Chief of Rising Kashmir, Dr. Syed Shujaat Bukhari who was killed by unknown gunmen on Thursday 14 June 2018 evening at Press Enclave, Srinagar. DR. Bukhari was a well wisher of IUST and was Adjunct faculty in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. The University in particular and people of the State in general , have lost a great journalist, a visionary scholar and a noble soul.
The IUST strongly condemns this act of violence & prays for his soul to rest in peace and patience to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, Chandigarh based media house 5 Dariya News has also expressed shock over the killing of Bukhari. Chief Editor 5 Dariya News Davinder Singh and it Srinagar based reporter Rouf Pampori in a statement termed the killing as brutal and cowardice act.