The pen is mightier than sword! While it may sound silly at a time, when journalists are being targetted across the globe and also closer back home, no amount of attack can break the spirit of journalism or the zeal behind disseminating truth to the power, even when it is inconvenient. Rising Kashmir bringing out their edition a day after their founder editor Shujaat Bukhari was gunned down by terrorists shows the great resilience and zeal of the journalists, to keep doing their work unabated even with great personal risk and tragedy at times. Rising Kashmir’s entire front page is a lifesize picture of Bukhari. The paper has paid him tribute by saying, ” You left all too sudden but you will always be our leading light with your professional conviction and courage. We won’t be cowed down by the cowards who snatched you from us. We will uphold your principle of telling truth howsoever unpleasant it may be. Rest in Peace”.There are multiple page coverage about Bukhari’s death with Rising Kashmir publishing excerpts of his columns regarding several burning issues in the Valley which demonstrates how he was a rare voice of sanity, someone who tried to reach the middle ground, whose hear used to beat for achieving peace. Rising Kashmir’s defiance in face of terrorist forces reminds us of Charlie Hebdo episode, when the French magazine brought out their edition at scheduled date even when half of its staffers were killed by terrorists. Pen truly is mightier than the sword, as it can’t be silenced no matter how much one tries. Police gets leads about Bukhari’s killers:The Jammu and Kashmir Police late night released two pictures of three bike-borne men who are suspected to have killed Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari, and sought the public’s help in identifying them.The three militants were caught on a CCTV camera, the police said. The two pictures showed the three men riding a motorcycle. The attackers had their faces covered. The police released the pictures late night and asked the public to help them identify the attackers.”In connection with today’s terror attack at Srinagar, police requests general public to identify the suspects for the purpose of the police investigation,” a statement read. The name of the person providing any clue or information regarding the suspects will be kept confidential, it said. Shujaat Bukhari and his two personal security officers (PSOs) were shot dead by terrorists outside the newspaper’s office in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital today, police officials said. Fifty-three-year-old Bukhari, who had worked as the state correspondent for national daily ‘The Hindu’ for several years, was shot dead soon after he boarded his car from his office located at Press Enclave in the heart of the city centre — Lal Chowk.With PTI inputs

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Rising Kashmir not silenced by terrorists, publishes edition despite assassination of editor Shujaat Bukhari