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Grief-stricken Mehbooba breaks down at Shujaat Bukhari's killing

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An anguished today broke down while denouncing the "mindless" killing of veteran and by unidentified gunmen.

TV visuals showed her crying as she recalled her meeting with the a few days ago.

"What can I say. Only a few days ago he had come to meet me," an emotional Mufti said, struggling to hold back her tears.

Bukhari was leaving his office in Press Enclave in the city centre Lal Chowk for an when he and his PSO were shot dead by unidentified gunmen, police officials said today.

"Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of The scourge of terror has reared its on the eve of Eid," Mufti tweeted.

"I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family. Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat'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," she said.

Former also expressed shock at the killing of the who was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the and was also part of the Track II process with

"I'm in complete shock. Hearing the worst...wa inna illahi rajiuun. Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time," Omar wrote on

"Even in the last tweet he put out he was defending himself, his colleagues & his profession. He died in the line of duty doing what he did best & loved doing - journalism," he said.

"Along with Shujaat, his security chap was also killed and another lies injured in hospital. Prayers and condolences for them and their families on this terrible night," he said.

CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami said it was a "brutal" attempt by hawks to silence the of peace. He said it was Tan attack on freedom of press and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible words.

Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 21:00 IST
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