India Inc today expressed grief over the passing away of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, describing him as a "visionary" focused on equitable development of the state.
Terming Sayeed's death as a "huge loss to Indian politics", Assocham President Sunil Kanoria said: "Sayeed was a visionary leader, pro-trade and industry and always stood for maintaining friendly relations between India and Pakistan to promote peace in the region."
He added: "He was totally focused on equitable development of the state and as part of his efforts to revive the state's economy, he recently facilitated all kinds of help to the film industry for shooting in the valley."
Sayeed died on Thursday morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was under treatment for the past 15 days.
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mahesh Gupta described Sayeed as a "visionary who has done great work to industrialise the J&K region with pro-active economic and social justice policies".