Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the demise of Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who breathed his last this morning at New Delhi after brief illness.
According to an official handout, Bukhari called Mufti's demise as loss of a "big hope".
Describing death of the Mufti Mohammad Sayed as a great loss to the nation, Bukhari said that State has lost an astute and visionary leader. He said that the huge gap created by the death of this great leader is impossible to fill.
Extending sympathies with bereaved family, he said "the great leader was a member of our family" and termed the death his personal loss". "Our hearts are bleeding and eyes are wet" said Bukhari and appealed people of the State, especially Kashmir Valley to keep control over their emotions and pray for eternal peace to departed soul.
Altaf Bukhari said that the political matureness of late leader was acknowledged at both the National and International level, adding that efforts the great leader made for peace and tranquillity in subcontinent will be written in Golden letters.
He said Mufti Mohammad Sayeed all along his political career worked for peace and advocated friendly relations between India and Pakistan. He worked for bringing both the countries close for the sake of the people of both the countries, particularly, J&K State.
He said opening of Muzaffarabad road and Chakan da bagh points besides Mughal road was the result of the efforts of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and aimed to bring those families close to each other, who were parted from each other since 1947. He said the people to people contact through these routes bore fruitful results.