"Mufti Sayeed survived several attacks on his life by Kashmiri separatists who oppose Indian rule. He was in favour of unconditional dialogue between the governments of India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir problem," Advani said in a condolence message on Sayeed's death.

"His demise is a loss to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as he was very popular in the state," he added. Advani also said that Sayeed led successfully the coalition government of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I deeply mourn Mufti Muhammad Sayeed's passing away. May the departed soul rest in peace, " he said.

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