Thousands of people poured in on Friday to pay tributes to Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir who was assassinated by militants on Friday. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. In a message, Mr Vohra has prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. "My deepest condolences to his family (sic)", she tweeted.
"I met his PSO, who was also killed in the attack, and wished him Eid greetings before leaving for home", said Lone.
He actively advocated a peaceful resolution, had helped organize conferences involving former Indian and Pakistani diplomatic officials, and was part of the "Track-II" diplomatic process. Separatists have condemned Bukhari's killing, terming it barbaric and unpardonable.
"The guild calls upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the media in the state", it said in a statement. He said it was Tan attack on freedom of press and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible words. Prayers & condolences for them & their families also on this bad night.
Their description corresponds with that of eyewitnesses who reported seeing four men riding two motorcycles wearing helmets and shalwar kameez outside the office of Rising Kashmir near Lal Chowk at 7.30pm yesterday just as Bukhari boarded his vehicle.
"Journalists working in Jammu and Kashmir have always been subject to a range of threats".
The killing drew wide condemnation from politicians across India and media organisations. "Justice will be done", she said.
In the past, Bukhari had served as the bureau chief of Indian national paper The Hindu in Kashmir for more than a decade.
Kashmir continues to be a bone of contention between India and Pakistan as both claim it in its entirety. In another tweet he quoted UNHRC's first-ever report on human rights situation in Kashmir.
"I'm in complete shock".