BIJBEHARA (ANANTNAG), JANUARY 10: – A 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.