Jammu and Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, 79, passes away

Chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Syed speaks during Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar. The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Syed speaks behind bullet-proof glass during Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar, August 15, 2005. A grenade exploded near a stadium in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Monday before the start of a ceremony to mark India's independence anniversary, but police said there was nobody dead or wounded. The grenade went off an hour before Syed was due to attend the independence celebrations at the heavily guarded stadium. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Syed was a patriot of steely resolve. Here, he speaks during Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar in 2005.  A grenade had exploded near a stadium in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Monday before the start of a ceremony to mark India's independence anniversary. The grenade went off an hour before Syed was due to attend the independence celebrations at the heavily guarded stadium. Reuters

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (R) listens to Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, chief minister of the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi, April 2, 2003. Sayeed said after the meeting his government was committed to bringing peace in the state. Suspected Muslim militants shot dead 24 Hindus in a remote village in Kashmir last week. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (R) listens to Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, chief minister of the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi, April 2, 2003. Sayeed said after the meeting his government was committed to bringing peace in the state. As a chief minister from 2002 to 2005, he proved to be extraordinarily gifted at administration and political management.  Reuters

Jammu and Kashmir state People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed casts his vote for India's new president at the state assembly in Srinagar on July 19,2012. Indian national and state lawmakers voted July 19 for a new president, with former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee seen as a certainty to take up the mainly ceremonial post. AFP PHOTO/Rouf BHAT

Jammu and Kashmir state People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed casts his vote for India's new president at the state assembly in Srinagar on July 19, 2012. Indian national and state lawmakers voted July 19 for a new president, with former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee seen as a certainty to take up the mainly ceremonial post. AFP

Chief Minister of India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (R) delivers a speech at the State Legislature Complex in Srinagar, 27 September 2005. Indian-administered Kashmir's lawmakers called for an end to human rights violations by Indian troops amid suggestions by the region's leader that police take over counter-insurgency duties from the army. The issue of human rights violations was debated thoroughly by Kashmiri legislators in the state assembly. AFP PHOTO/Sajjad HUSSAIN

Chief Minister of India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (R) delivers a speech at the State Legislature Complex in Srinagar, 27 September 2005. Indian-administered Kashmir's lawmakers called for an end to human rights violations by Indian troops amid suggestions by the region's leader that police take over counter-insurgency duties from the army. The issue of human rights violations was debated thoroughly by Kashmiri legislators in the state assembly. AFP.

Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (R) mets a Kashmiri widow (L) in Udhampur district, 30 November 2002. Continuing with his mission of providing a healing touch to militancy victims in Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed distributed appointment orders to the kin of 45 people who had fallen victim to militancy in Udhampur district. AFP PHOTO

Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (R) mets a Kashmiri widow (L) in Udhampur district, 30 November 2002. Continuing with his mission of providing a healing touch to militancy victims in Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed distributed appointment orders to the kin of 45 people who had fallen victim to militancy in Udhampur district. AFP

 Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (R) gestures as he speaks to civillians rescued from a shopping complex where alleged militants are believed to be in hiding, as his daughter Mehbooba Mufti looks on in Srinagar, 17 October 2003. Two soliders of the Border Security Force were killed and an officer and two press photographers injured in a militant attack. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA

Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (R) speaks to civillians rescued from a shopping complex where alleged militants are believed to be in hiding, as his daughter Mehbooba Mufti looks on in Srinagar, 17 October 2003. Two soliders of the Border Security Force were killed and an officer and two press photographers injured in a militant attack. AFP

Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh (R) is flanked by Jammu and Kashmir's Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (L) as he addresses a press conference at the military airport in Srinagar 11 October 2005, after touring the Indian Kashmir earthquake affected areas. The earthquake toll in Indian Kashmir jumped to 1,300 people with more than 32,000 houses damaged, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters in the summer capital of the state. AFP PHOTO Sajjad HUSSAIN

Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh (R) is flanked by Jammu and Kashmir's Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (L) as he addresses a press conference at the military airport in Srinagar 11 October 2005, after touring the Indian Kashmir earthquake affected areas. The earthquake toll in Indian Kashmir jumped to 1,300 people with more than 32,000 houses damaged, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters in the summer capital of the state. AFP

India's Defence Minister George Fernandes (L) and Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (R) walk with security personel during a function at Mattan some 60 kms south of Srinagar, 14 September 2003. Fernandes visit comes as two Indian security force troops and a civilian were killed and four other people injured in two separate incidents in the Himalayan state. AFP PHOTO/Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

George Fernandes and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed walk with security personnel during a function at Mattan, some 60 kms south of Srinagar, on 14 September, 2003. Fernandes' visit comes as two Indian security force troops and a civilian were killed and four other people injured in two separate incidents in the Himalayan state. AFP

Former chief minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Jyoti Basu (L) shares a joke with Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (R) , after a courtesy meeting at Basu's residence in Calcutta, 25 September 2004. Sayeed invited Basu to spend a vacation in Jammu and Kashmir while he was in Calcutta to promote tourism in Kashmir by attending a tourism fair. AFP PHOTO/ Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY / AFP / DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY

Former chief minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Jyoti Basu (L) shares a joke with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed after a courtesy meeting at Basu's residence in Calcutta on 25 September, 2004. Sayeed was in the city to attend a tourism fair and promote tourism in Jammu and Kashmir. Sayeed invited Basu to come to the mountainous state for a holiday. AFP

Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (L) sits along with Congress party Leader Sonia Gandhi (R) who arrived at Srinagar civil airport, 23 Feburary 2005 to visit area affected by devastating snowslides. Army and civilian rescuers are braving icy conditions and harsh Himalayan winds to search for survivors of snowslides in Indian Kashmir as the death toll crossed 200, official said. AFP PHOTO / Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (L) sits with Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi after the latter arrived at Srinagar on 23 Feburary 2005 to visit the areas affected by devastating snowfall. Army and civilian rescuers braved icy conditions and harsh Himalayan winds to search for survivors as the death toll crossed 200, officials said. AFP

Indian President Abdul Kalam (L) gestures during a meeting at the Information Technology Park in the outskirts of Srinagar, 27 June 2003 as Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed looks on. Kalam arrived in the insurgency-hit summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, where police reported another six people killed in continuing separatist-linked violence. AFP PHOTO/Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Abdul Kalam (L) gestures during a meeting at the Information Technology Park in the outskirts of Srinagar on 27 June 2003 as Mufti Mohammad Sayeed looks on. Kalam arrived at the insurgency-hit city after police reported another six people killed in continuing separatist-linked violence. AFP