Mufti passes away at 79, daugh­ter likely to take over as J&K CM

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SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kash­mir chief min­is­ter Mufti Mo­ham­mad Say­eed, cred­ited with turn­ing the state around af­ter decades of bloody mil­i­tancy and violence that gut­ted the lo­cal econ­omy, died of car­dio-res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure at a Delhi hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day. He was 79.

Say­eed was un­der­go­ing treat­ment for se­vere lung in­fec­tion in the in­ten­sive care unit of the All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences in Delhi for the past two weeks but was de­clared dead around 9.10am when his heart stopped beat­ing. He will be suc­ceeded by Me­hbooba Mufti — his el­dest daugh­ter and pres­i­dent of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party that he founded in 1999 — who will be­come the state’s first fe­male CM.

“There isn’t an iota of doubt that she is the next chief min­is­ter as far as the PDP is con­cerned.

Her con­tri­bu­tions in build­ing the party have been tremen­dous. She was liv­ing un­der the shadow of her fa­ther who was a states­man but still she made her mark,’’ PDP spokesper­son Me­hboob Beigh said.

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The fu­neral pro­ces­sion of Mufti Mo­ham­mad Say­eed in Srinagar on Thurs­day.

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