Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed (born 22 May 1959 in Akhran Nowpora) is the 9th and current Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), serving since 4 April 2016. The first woman to hold the office, she succeeded her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the role, a few months after his death in January 2016. Mehbooba is India’s second Muslim woman chief minister after Syeda Anwara Taimur of Assam. Mehbooba Mufti is the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). She is currently a member of parliament, representing Anantnag in the 16th Lok Sabha; she will likely vacate this role in light of her chief ministership. She had previously represented Anantnag in the 14th Lok Sabha (2004–09) but did not contest the 2009 election for the 15th Lok Sabha.

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