Terming it as a great loss to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Saif-u-din Soz on Thursday said that he was angusied at the demise of Mufti Saeed.
"I express my deepest anguish at the passing away of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sahib, Chief Minister J&K State, rather prematurely. It is a great loss to the people of J&K State whom he wanted to serve in different ways," he said in a statement.
Sayeed was one of seasoned politicians of India who had stood up for politics of secularism and pluralism.
"The stance of choosing a difficult proposition by him in recent times could be characterized as a compulsion created by the peculiar political circumstances. It is another thing that people like me exercised their right to differ with him," he said. "Mufti Sahib's Healing Touch philosophy had created an atmosphere of understanding for youth as he (Mufti Sahib) wanted the youth to play a role in Nation-Building."
"Mufti Sahib happened to be a good administrator and he had certain thoughts how to move about in future, but providence scuttled that process. I offer my deepest condolences to Mehbooba Ji, Mrs. Late Mufti Sahib and other members of the family and pray to God to grant them fortitude to bear this loss," Soz added.