Chief Minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir dies
Chief Minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed dies at 79
The chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed died in New Delhi, early Thursday morning after complications due to a lung infection (BBC, WSJ). Sayeed was 79 years old. Sayeed was the founder of the predominantly-Muslim People's Democratic Party (PDP) and since last year, led a coalition government with Prime Minister Modi's BJP in Kashmir. His daughter Mehbooba Mufti is the president of the PDP in Indian-administered Kashmir and is likely to take over her father's position. Sayeed also served as the country's first Muslim home minister in 1989.