07 January, New Delhi
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away in New Delhi this morning. The 79-year-old leader was admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi for the past 15 days and was on ventilator.
Mr Sayeed was born in 1936 in Bijbehara in Jammu and Kashmir. He had previously served as Chief Minister from 2002 to 2005. He was also the Home Minister of India from December 1989 to November 1990. He had founded the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party in 1999.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah reached the All India institute of Medical Sciences and paid their last respects to the Sayeed. Daughter of Sayeed and People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti was also present.
The mortal remains of Sayeed is being taken to Palam Airport from where it will be flown to Srinagar. He will be laid to rest in his ancestral town of Bijbehara later in the day.
According to PDP sources, the mortal remains of the Chief Minister will reach his Gupkar residence for allowing the party workers and general public to pay their last respects. The body will be later taken to Bijbehara town in south Kashmir Anantnag district for burial.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir government has announced a holiday today and a seven-day mourning period as a mark of respect to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. An official order in this regard said that the flags atop buildings of constitutional authorities and state government establishments will fly at half-mast during the mourning period.
Universities in the State and State Board of School Education (BOSE) have postponed examinations scheduled for today. It said all official functions of the state government scheduled for today have also been cancelled or postponed.