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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away

07 January, 2016

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NEW DELHI: Chief Minister of Indian-held Kashmir and founder of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away here at the age of 79, said a report published on The Hindu.

Sayeed had been hospitalised for a week and died of multiple organ failure.

He started his second tenure as chief minister of India-held Kashmir on March 1, 2015 after forming a coalition government with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He previously served as chief minister between 2002 and 2005.

He was also the home minister of India between 1989 and 1990.

Mufti Sayeed founded the Jammu and Kashmir PDP in July 1999 to "persuade the government of India to initiate an unconditional dialogue with Kashmiris for resolution of the Kashmir problem".

PDP is now headed by his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, who is tipped to become the next chief minister of India-held Kashmir after Mufti Sayeed's death.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Mufti Sayeed's death in a serious of tweets, and remembered the "healing touch" that he provided to the people of India-held Kashmir.

Mufti Sayeed's death "leaves a huge void in the nation and J&K", Modi said in a tweet. "What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship."

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