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SRINAGAR: The President All India Congress Committee Shri. Rahul Gandhi has conveyed his deepest condolences to the family of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari. The full text of the condolence message of Mr. Rahul Gandhi to Prof. Rafi Uddin Bukhari, father of Shujaat Bukhari, is as under: -

“I am shocked at the cold-blooded killing of Mr. 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 constantly at the risk of being silenced by extremist elements.

I laud his courage to continue 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 political dialogue with Pakistan, his commitment towards a credible peace process will be remembered. I offer my sincere condolences to the team at Rising Kashmir and wish you success in carrying on the excellent work done by you”.