The condemnations poured in against the killing of lawyer Babar Qadri who was shot dead Thursday evening by unknown gunmen in the Hawal area of Srinagar downtown.
Condemning the killing, National Conference (NC) Vice President and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said the sense of tragedy was more because Qadri had warned of the threat.
“The jinxed fate of Kashmir snatched many such sons of the soil from us. I am deeply anguished to hear about the incident, more so because he had already warned about the intimidation and threats. The incident should not pass by without punishing the perpetrators of the heinous crime,” Omar said.
NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar, and YNC Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar also expressed outrage over Qadri's killing and demanded a thorough probe into the incident.
Unknown gunmen Thursday evening shot dead Qadri in the Hawal area of Srinagar.
According to Police, gunmen fired at Qadri from a point-blank range at 6:45 pm, killing him on the spot.
Hours before his death, the lawyer, during a Facebook Live, had said that he had been receiving intimidating messages.
Besides being a practising lawyer, Qadri also took part in TV debates as a panellist.
Three days ago, he tweeted a screenshot and urged Police in Jammu to register an FIR against a Facebook user for “wrong campaign” against him.
Former minister and Peoples Conference (PC) President, Sajad Gani Lone in a tweet said one more Kashmiri had fallen to bullets.
“Sad news. Advocate Babar Qadri assassinated. One more Kashmiri falls to bullets. Yet another victim of conflict. My thoughts with the family,” Lone tweeted.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) also condemned the killing of Qadri and urged the government to ascertain the identity of the killers for exemplary punishment.
Describing the killing of Qadri as unfortunate, shocking and a "cowardly" act, JKPCC spokesperson expressed anguish over this "unfortunate and highly condemnable" incident and urged the government to take effective measures to put an end to bloodshed in Kashmir.
The spokesperson also urged the government to identify the killers for exemplary punishment and conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and sympathised with them
Apni Party vice president Ghulam Hassan Mir termed the incident "highly inhuman and barbaric".
“The killing of a young and promising lawyer who represented members of the poorest, most marginalized parts of Kashmir at all the forums available to him, including many of the victims of conflict and their families, has a devastating impact on access to justice in Kashmir,” Mir said.
He said that by silencing a lawyer, many victims of the conflict were also silenced.
“We have been reiterating this fact that violence begets violence and use of guns will never achieve anything,” he said.