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