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JK minister Haseeb Drabu sacked after saying Kashmir 'not political' issue

After Drabu says K-issue not political, angry PDP raps him Jammu and Kashmir dispute is not a 'political issue', says Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu
Marlene Weaver | 12 March, 2018, 17:36

In his address at an event themed "Kashmir: the way forward" in Delhi last night, Drabu argued that J&K shouldnt be seen as a conflict state and a political issue.

Drabu later retracted his statement, claiming to be misinterpreted.

Around 130 ambassadors, government officials and business leaders attended the event.

Since yesterday, pressure was mounting on Drabu, who played a key role in stitching an alliance with the BJP during Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's tenure earlier and again when Mehbooba Mufti became the chief minister, after newspapers published his remarks that people were barking up the wrong tree as the Kashmir issue was not a political one. I believe he (Drabu) is speaking on behalf of the chief minister.

"We want to ask the Chief Minister and the PDP President if Kashmir is not a political issue then why have thousands of people lost their lives and why does the State continue to be mired by instability, violence and lack of peace and normalcy?"

"If PDP thinks that Kashmir is not a "political issue" but is according to them a "social issue", the very basis of the politics of PDP and that of its founder Late Mufti Sahab comes into question".

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Muhammad Yasin Malik in statement issued in Srinagar, while reacting to the assertions of PDP leader and puppet minister Haseeb Drabu, which he made during a conclave organized by Indian PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi, said that people like Drabu had no ideology, faith and ethics but were always ready to represent their clients' wishes and whims.

Speaking on the occasion, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani hit out at the PDP for "fooling" the people of the State for nearly two decades by seeking their personal political empowerment by exploiting the political sentiment that they are now openly ridiculing.

Party vice-president Madni also advised all senior leaders of the party to be careful while issuing statements and making observations on the basic political philosophy and core agenda of the party.

But the storm raised by Drabu's statement didn't subside. Resultant, annoyance of lawmakers from the PDP and the opposition party as well.

Drabu tried to defend himself by blaming the media for quoting him selectively.

"Post his Kashmir remarks, Ms Mufti in a major development has removed the state Finance Minister from her cabinet", party sources here told UNI. "These ministers, including Haseeb Drabu, are well read and know what they are talking about", Sagar said. He said that time has come to expose these charlatans who for their petty interests are harming the national interests of the people of Jammu Kashmir. Few days back, Sajad Lone, the former separatist and the chairman of the Peoples Conference, which is an alliance partner of the BJP, had defended Drabu for his statement.

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