Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami condemned the assassination of BJP councilor Rakesh Pandita by unidentified terrorists on Thursday. Three unidentified terrorists shot Rakesh Pandita in the Tral region of Pulwama on Wednesday. Several national figures tweeted their condolences for the BJP leader's death. Lt Manoj Sinha, the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, expressed his regret over the terrorist assault, while PDP president Mehbooba Mufti sent condolences to the deceased's family via Twitter. The attack was harshly criticized by BJP State General Secretary Ashok Koul, who said that "those who are responsible for this would not be spared." Sajjad Lone, the leader of the President Peoples Conference (PPC), described the situation as a "complete disempowerment of the Kashmiri."