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SRINAGAR: Describing Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as a great connector of ideologies, Minister of Education Naeem Akhtar, Thursday said the late Chief Minister believed in participatory democracy.  He said the late leader strived to bridge the gap between different regions of the state all along his life. "Mufti sahib experimented in a new version of participatory democracy after 2014 Assembly Elections. He used to say that the triangle between Jammu, Srinagar and New Delhi must be linked. The enterprise of hope left behind by Mufti sahib will be his lasting contribution for the people of Jammu and Kashmir," the Education Minister said.

The Education Minister, who was speaking on the Obituary Reference in the upper house of the state legislature, said Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed gave real meaning to democracy by offering a political alternative to the people of J&K. He said Sayeed worked tirelessly for restoration of peace and socio-economic development of Jammu and Kashmir.

Akhtar said the contribution of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed towards the social and political development of J&K is a hallmark of his personal integrity which he never compromised for any personal gains.   "I am personally grateful for my association with Mufti Sahib since 1986. In this journey, I found him a very down to earth person and tried to learn from him,” he said. 

The Education Minister revealed that the Late Chief Minister wanted to pen down his autobiography, "Despite offering myself for the job, the busy schedule of Mufti sahib didn't allow him to fulfill it. I am deeply saddened that one of Kashmir's sterling and exciting stories has remained untold," he said. Akhtar said the late Chief Minister was a brave man who dared odds for the cause of serving people.

On the occasion, the Minister also condoled the demise of former J&K Governor, Gen. KV Krishna Rao, who he said was instrumental in restoring democracy in the state. He also condoled the demise of Balram Jakhar, PA Sangma, Chaudhary Lal Mohammad Sabir, Mohammad Khaleel Jawhar, Ramesh Chander and Sehdev Singh and mohammad Maqbool Muhjoo.

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SRINAGAR: Paying rich tributes to former Chief Minister, Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed during the obituary reference in the House, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and R&B, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri said that “leaders like Mufti Sahib aren’t born overnight.” “Mufti sahib was an institution and he was never bothered about chair and power. He always believed in integrity, honesty and upright politics,” Veeri said.

“If the leader is dynamic he can change the fate of the nation and such was Mufti sahib’s vision towards the State that whatever decision he would take would prove his greatness,” he said. Recalling his association with the late chief minister, Veeri said that he has grown under Mufti’s patronage. “I have all along remained under the patronage of this great leader, who is being remembered by all the parties today,” he said. “From being a small-time political worker to this level, I have been an honest student of his politics,” he said. He said it was very tough time for him and his party to fulfill the void that the late chief minister has left.

The Minister said that throughout his life Mufti worked for the welfare and development, besides peace and prosperity of the State.  He said when the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpaiyee visited Kahsmir valley in 2002, Mufti Sahib only demand to the PM was “Give my people a respectable and peaceful life.” He said that it was the result of the honest efforts of late Mufti Sahib that peace process started between two neighboring nations India and Pakistan, due to which many historical and landmark decision were taken including opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, opening of Poonch-Rawlakoot road etc.

Pointing towards opposition, Veeri said, “You can have differences with Mufti Sahib but he can’t be ignored in the political history of the State,” he said. “Mufti Sahib would be remembered for all times to come for his pro-people approach,” he said. Veeri also paid rich tributes to the Ex Speakers, Lok Sabha, Balram Jakhar, PA Sangma, Ex Ministers, Ch Lal Muhammad Sabir, Late Muhammad Khalil Jawahar, Dr Ramesh Chander Sharma besides legislators, Sehdev Singh and Muhammad Maqbool Muhjoo.

Meanwhile, Legislators including Muhammad Shafi Uri, GM Saroori, MY Tarigami, Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen, Satpal Sharma, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Engineer Abdul Rasheed, Usman Majeed, Asgar Ali Karbalaye also paid rich tributes to the former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed,  Ex Speakers, Lok Sabha, Balram Jakhar, PA Sangma, Ex Ministers, Ch Lal Mohammad Sabir, Mohammad Khalil Jawahar, Dr Rameesh Chander Sharma besides legislators, Sehdev Singh and Mohammad Maqbool Mohjoo.

They while paying tributes to the deceased leaders also highlighted late Mufti Sahib contribution towards the peace prospective and development of the State. Later on the conclusion of the proceedings, two minute silence was observed in the house in memory of these legislators. 

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  • ‘He made us understand role of opposition in democracy’

SRINAGAR: Paying rich tributes to former Chief Minister, Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today termed him as a great visionary and said the late leader played a significant role in strengthening democratic institutions in the state. Speaking on the obituary reference in the house today, Dr. Singh said that in his short stint, he learned a great deal with the former Chief Minister. He said that Mufti Sahib contributed a lot for strengthening the democratic setup and institutions of not only the State but the whole country.

“The capabilities of Mufti sahib were recognized at national level also due to which he rose to key positions during his political career,” he said. “His integrity, uprightness and political understanding made him a great visionary leader,” he said. Dr Singh said that Mufti contributed a lot into the state politics at all levels.

 “PDP-BJP forged an alliance which was impossible ideologically but Mufti sahib proved that times have changed and all the parties should work for the development of the State and the country,” he said. He said the alliance parties and opposition should follow the path laid down by the late Chief Minister.

“We have a set goal and that goal must be realized by the alliance partners keeping in view the vision of Mufti sahib,” he said. “Mufti sahib will be remembered for his qualities and he will also be remembered for, making us understand the role of opposition in democracy,” he said. “He would say Opposition’s role is to oppose, expose and depose and that should be respected by the parties in power,” remembering Mufti, Dr Singh said.

The Deputy Chief Minister also paid rich tributes to the two-time former Governor of the State, Late Gen KV Krishna Roa. “He was not only a great warrior but someone who worked for the betterment of the nation from a Sipahi to Rajpal,” he said. Dr Singh also recalled his contribution to the State. Meanwhile, Dr Singh also paid rich tributes the Ex Speakers, Lok Sabha, Balram Jakhar, PA Sangma, Ex Ministers, Ch Lal Muhammad Sabir, Muhammad Khalil Jawahar, Dr Ramesh Chander Sharma besides legislators, Sehdev Singh and Muhammad Maqbool Muhjoo.