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Ministers, Oppn leaders, media bodies express shock at Bukhari's killing

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Politicians, including Union ministers and those from the Opposition, and expressed at the killing of senior Shujaat Bukhari, with condemning it as an act of cowardice and attempt to silence the saner voices of

described Bukhari as a "braveheart" who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in

Chief Minister said terrorism had hit a new low with Bukhari's killing and asserted that justice would be done.

"We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace. Justice will be done," she said, adding that the scourge of terror reared its on the eve of Eid.

The said the murder of the of Rising Kashmir, a valley-based daily, was an act of cowardice.

"It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he tweeted.

Information and described it as a brutal attack on freedom of press.

"Assassination of is a brutal attack on freedom of press. A cowardly and deplorable act of terror. Our is one of the greatest strength of our democracy and we are committed to providing a safe and conducive working environment to media persons," Rathore said.

Gandhi said he was anguished to hear about the killing of Bukhari.

"He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in My condolences to his family. He will be missed," he said on

Ram Madhav, who is his party's pointsman for Jammu and Kashmir, also expressed his and deplored the killing as a reprehensible and condemnable cowardly act of terrorists.

Condemning the dastardly attack, the paid tributes to Bukhari and described him as a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted who mentored a large cadre of young journalists from Kashmir.

In a statement, the body called upon the state and central governments to enhance security for all journalists in Jammu and Kashmir and said that an attack on a journalist challenges the very foundation of a free press and vibrant democracy.

Congress's communication-in charge Randeep Singh Surjewala expressed his

"Anguished beyond words. Security situation in J&K has hit its nadir. Demand the Centre to take swift action to nab the killers. They can silence us but not our thoughts," he said.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:35 IST