PDP removes Drabu over his Kashmir remarks



Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti has finally made a decision to drop finance minister Haseeb Drabu - a close aide of her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed - from her cabinet following his controversial remark that Kashmir is not a political issue.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's uncle and party's second in command Sartaj Madni asked senior PDP minister Drabu, credited with forging party's alliance with the BJP in 2015, to "retract the statement immediately if it has been reported correctly in the media".

In his address at an event themed "Kashmir: The way forward" in Delhi on Friday night, Drabu argued that J&K shouldn't be seen as a conflict state and a political issue. "They have been barking up the wrong tree for the last 50 or 70 years by talking about the politics of it, that the political situation has never improved", he added. "And if it only a social issue, as the Minister has claimed, then why has India and Pakistan fought four wars over Kashmir", said NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar.

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Meanwhile, The disciplinary committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Finance Minister to explain the statement attributed to him on Kashmir issue.

Marking its dissent against the statements of Drabu, the ruling PDP said the issue in Kashmir has "always remained" political.

There were reports that the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti may summon Drabu after her return from Delhi. It is a society which has social issues right now. "In such a scenario, the sufferings of the state's people will immensely compound and the upcoming generation will move out of the space of reconciliation", he said. He was the chief executive officer of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank between 2005-10.

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