Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed hugs Prime Narendra Modi.jpg
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed(left) with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi(right) after government formation in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015
6th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Assumed office
March 1, 2015
Deputy Nirmal Kumar Singh
Preceded by President's rule
In office
November 2, 2002 – November 2, 2005
Preceded by President's rule
Succeeded by Ghulam Nabi Azad
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
2 December 1989 – 10 November 1990
Prime Minister V. P. Singh
Preceded by Sardar Buta Singh
Succeeded by Chandra Shekhar
Personal details
Born Bijbehara, India
Political party Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (1999-present)
Other political
Indian National Congress (1991-1999; before 1987)
Janata Dal (1987-1991)
Children 3

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (Kashmiri: मुफ़्ती मुहम्मद सईद (Devanagari; About this sound American English pronunciation ) (born January 12, 1936, Bijbehara) is a politician from the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. He is the current Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. He previously served as Chief Minister from November 2, 2002, to November 2, 2005. He has been also served as Home Minister of India from December 1989 to November 1990.[1] He founded the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party, in July 1999 to "persuade the Government of India to initiate an unconditional dialogue with Kashmiris for resolution of the Kashmir problem."[2] On March 1st 2015, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed sworn in as the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister for the second time. [3]

Political party affiliations[edit]

Mohammad Sayeed had been a member of the Indian National Congress party until 1987.[4] He is said to have brought about the downfall of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference government, which was led by Farooq Abdullah, in 1984.[4] In 1987, he quit the Congress party to join V. P. Singh's Jan Morcha, which led to his becoming the first Muslim Minister for Home Affairs in the Union Cabinet of India in 1989.[5]

He rejoined the Congress under P V Narasimha Rao which he left in 1999 along with daughter Mehbooba Mufti to form his own party, Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party.

Attacks on his family and himself[edit]

In 1989, within few days of taking office as the Union Minister for Home Affairs, his third daughter Rubaiya was kidnapped by terrorists.[6] She was released in exchange for the release of five militants.[5][6]

Mohammad Sayeed has survived several attacks on his life by Kashmiri separatists who oppose Indian rule.[6]

Tenure as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

First tenure (2002-2005)[edit]

Mohammad Sayeed participated in the 2002 assembly election and won 18 assembly seats for his People's Democratic Party. He went on to form a coalition government with the Indian National Congress, and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir for a term of three years.[7]

Second tenure (2015-present)[edit]

Following a coalition agreement between the BJP and the PDP, Sayeed undertook a second tenure as Chief Minister of the state.[8]


  1. ^ "Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: Another chance in a chequered career". Business Standard. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Mukhtar, Ahmad (July 28, 1999). "Mufti floats new regional party in Kashmir". Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Malik, Mohammed Sayeed (October 30, 2002). "Mufti's fateful links". Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Prabhat, Abhishek (October 29, 2002). "Profile: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Sreedharan, Chindu (September 18, 1999). "'Elections in J&K have not been fair since 1987'". Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  7. ^ "New leader promises Kashmir 'healing'". BBC News (BBC). November 3, 2002. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  8. ^

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Political offices
Preceded by
Buta Singh
Minister of Home Affairs
December 2, 1989 – November 10, 1990
Succeeded by
Chandra Shekhar
Preceded by
President's Rule
Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
November 2, 2002 – November 2, 2005
Succeeded by
Ghulam Nabi Azad
Preceded by
President's Rule
Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
March 1, 2015 - Incumbent
Succeeded by