New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed died on Thursday morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was admitted for the past 15 days.
The Chief Minister breathed his last around 7.30 AM, Education Minister and spokesman for Government Nayeem Akhter said here.
Sayeed, 79, is survived by his wife, three daughters including PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, and a son.
The mortal remains of the Chief Minister would be flown to Srinagar where the body will be kept for people to have the last glimpse of their leader. He is likely be buried in his ancestral village in South Kashmir.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed grief over the demise of Mufti as she communicated her condolences to his wife, daughter Mehbooba Mufti and other well-wishers.
“In his death, the state of Jammu and Kashmir as indeed the entire nation has lost a great leader,” she said.
Recalling his long association with the Congress party, she said Mufti’s contribution as a “humanist and to public life in various capacities will forever be remembered.” (PTI)
Daughter of #MuftiMohammadSayeed and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti reaches AIIMS, Delhi
Mufti Sayeed’s contribution to J&K will be remembered: President Mukherjee
Expressing his heartfelt condolence, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of J & K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.”
“Contribution of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to J & K and India through long years of public service will be always remembered,” the president added.
‘Healing touch’ leader Mufti Sayeed would be missed: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Mufti Sayeed, saying his demise leaves a huge void in the nation and that the leader who provided a healing touch would be missed.
“Mufti Sahab provided a healing touch to J&K through his leadership. He will be missed by all of us. Condolences to his family & supporters,” he said in a tweet.
“What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said Mufti’s demise leaves a “huge void in the nation and in J&K, where his exemplary leadership had a major impact on people’s lives”.
“Muftiji was a visionary leader dedicated entire life to a united strong J&K in India. His demise at a crucial juncture is saddening. Condolences,” said Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of BJP.
Taking to micro-blogging site, Omar Abdullah said, “Just heard the terrible terrible news of Mufti Sahib’s passing away. I’m shocked & deeply saddened. May he rest in peace.”
My & my family’s prayers are with them.
He further added, “My heart felt sympathies to Mrs Syed, Mehbooba & the entire family in this most difficult of times. My & my family’s prayers are with them.”
Demise of Mufti Sayeed is an irreparable loss to Jammu and Kashmir: HM Rajnath Singh
“Deeply pained to learn of J&K CM Shri Mufti Mohd. Sayeed’s demise. He was known for his love for common people, specially the underprivileged,” said HM Rajnath Singh on Twitter.
“The demise of Shri Mufti Sayeed is an irreparable loss to Jammu and Kashmir. His departure has also left a big void in national politics,” Singh added.
Stating that Mufti Sayeed ji had a wonderful understanding of complex issues pertaining to J&K, singh added, “He wanted to bring permanent peace to the valley.”