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FM Haseeb Drabu sacked by PDP from the J&K cabinet

Dr Haseeb Drabu Dr Haseeb Drabu
Terence Owen | 14 March, 2018, 18:47

Speaking at an event in New Delhi on March 9, Drabu had said, "Don't see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue". Drabu said the news of his sacking came as a surprise to him because he was made aware of it via social media.

Education Minister Syed Mohammed Altaf Bukhari was given additional charge of the finance ministry on Tuesday, a day after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sacked Haseeb Drabu from the post over his remark that Kashmir was not a political issue, officials said.

Asked if given an offer to return to party fold whether he would like to join the PDP again, Bashir said, "Action has been taken against me for none of my faults as I wasn't even asked to explain my position the time I was disengaged from the party".

"Even as I issue this statement, I have no formal or even personal communication either from the government or from the party about my being dropped from the cabinet on the 12th of March".

"By pleading the social problems of Kashmir during a conference on Kashmir in Delhi, Drabu has virtually sought the attention of the central government for resolving the issues confronting the youth and the development and as such his statement doesn't go against the government", he said. "We are trying to find our own space and we are going through a process which many other countries are also going through", Drabu was quoted. "She may have shunted Drabu out from the ministry much earlier had she been sure the BJP wouldn't object or make life hard for her", said a senior J&K bureaucrat.

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"Those who heard my speech or care to read it dispassionately will know that when I was talking about our aspirations and the efforts at self-discovery, I was in fact nuancing the very stand of the People's Democratic Party before a very select audience", he asserted.

The buzz within the PDP has always been that while the late Mufti liked him, Mehbooba never trusted him completely. He said "If both these regional parties believe J&K to be a political dispute they must give up their agenda of autonomy and stress for United Nations resolutions. But Drabu isn't completely blameless - he is not too discreet about his views about the CM and these things have a way of coming back", the leader had said.

The former journalist said he wanted "to put the record straight", making it clear he wouldn't be the fall guy for the deeply unpopular PDP-BJP alliance in the state. The party (PDP) saw that this is an issue.

"That's simply not my way of being", he said.

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