Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir passed away of multiple organ failure in New Delhi on Thursday (7th January, 2016) morning after virtually a week-long hospitalisation at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment for pneumonia. He was 79. "He died by cause of multi-organ failure at 9:10 this morning even with our best endeavour to resuscitate him," said an AIIMS official.
Mr. Sayeed’s body was brought to the Palam Airport in New Delhi where the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid his last tributes, following which the body was flown to Srinagar, the capital of J&K. Mourning the demise, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Mufti Sahab’s demise leaves a huge void in the nation & in J&K, where his exemplary leadership had a major impact on people’s lives. RIP. What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum. 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 was buried at his ancestral graveyard at Bijbehara in Kashmir.
Seen as a stalwart of politics in Jammu & Kashmir, Mr. Sayeed, a two-time chief minister, was also the chief of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He had dominated the reins of the state on March 1, 2015 after astonishing an alliance with the BJP. He was also the first and till date the only Muslim Home Minister in India.
Jammu and Kashmir government has declared a 4-day mourning (Charrum ceremony) period in the state. The PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is likely to take oath as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, succeeding her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, post the Charrum ceremony which will mark the last day of mourning of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday (17th January). She will be the first woman Chief Minister of the northern state, also the highly volatile state of J&K.