Amid sobs and tears, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti along with her family members Sunday morning visited the grave of her late father and chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at Dara Shikho garden in Bijbehara town in Anantnag district on his Fateha Khawani. While praying for her deceased father at the grave, Mehbooba wept and sobbed, eyewitnesses said. The PDP president was accompanied by her mother, Gulshan Mufti, her brother Tasaduq Mufti, sister Rubiya Sayeed and other close family members. All the PDP legislators and senior party workers attended the prayer function. BJP leader and former Deputy CM Dr Nirmal Singh was also among the mourners. Hundreds of people visited the Fairview residence of Mufti’s at Gupkar and their ancestral home in Bijbehara. Sea of people converge on Mufti Sayeed’s hometown for Congregational Fateha Meanwhile, an official spokesman said that sea of people today converged on the south Kashmir town of Bijbehera to offer congregational prayers (Fateha) and Quran Khwani on the Chahrum of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who had breathed his last in New Delhi on January 7. The sprawling Dara Shikov Bagh, where the former Chief Minister was laid to rest on Thursday last, today swarmed with wailing mourners who could not hold their tears back at the passing away of a dear leader who ruled their hearts with love and affection for sixty long years. Incidentally, it is the same garden where Mufti Sayeed started his chequered political career that saw him write new chapters in the annals of J&K history. The congregational prayers were led by Maulana Zia-ul-Haq and attended by hundreds and thousands of his admirers, who bid one final adieu to their beloved leader. Besides daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, close family members, including Begum Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and son Tassaduq Mufti, were present on the occasion. Also present were former Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader, Dr. Nirmal Singh, ex-Ministers, Legislators, senior party leaders and functionaries and top officers of the State government including Chief Secretary, B. R. Sharma, Financial Commissioner, B. B. Vyas and Director General of Police, K. Rajendra Kumar. After Congregational Fateha, Mehbooba Mufti along with her brother, slowly walked up to the podium and waved to an emotional crowd of people, which was seen chanting slogan –Jab Tak Sooraj Chand Rahega, Mufti Tera Naam Rahega. A large number of people from all parts of the state continued to pour in to offer Fateha at the final resting place of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Subsequently, a condolence meeting was held at the Fairview residence of departed leader at Gupkar, Srinagar in which several religious and political leaders paid glowing tributes to the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Unprecedented rush of people was witnessed today at the Fairview residence here on the chahrum of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, former Chief Minister of the state. People in droves from all walks of life came to pay their homage to the departed leader. From ordinary people to politicians across political spectrum, VIPs and business fraternity thronged the Srinagar residence to offer condolences to the bereaved family members. Several religious scholars and political leaders also spoke on the occasion and paid glowing tributes highlighting the significant contribution of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the socio-economic development of the state. Senior party leaders also paid homage to their guide and mentor who devoted his entire life in the service of the people of the state. The huge rush of people, both at Fairview and Bijbehera residences, has continued following the passing on of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in New Delhi on Thursday last.
2015 Kashmir Despatch