Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu sacked after controversial remark over Kashmir issue

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Srinagar: As per media reports People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has sacked Haseeb Drabu, the finance minister of Jammu and Kashmir, over a statement that Kashmir is “not a political issue”.

Haseeb Drabu, an economist, is known to have been pivotal in the crafting of a common agenda for the PDP-BJP alliance in the state.

File Photo: Haseeb Drabu addresses the ambassadors’ meet in New Delhi

Three days after his statement, his party on Monday hit out at him saying that J&K was a political problem and its resolution formed the People’s Democratic Party’s core agenda. PDP Vice President Sartaj Madni said a letter has been shot to Governor NN Vohra in this regard.

This is what he said at an event in Delhi on Friday: “Those who see Jammu and Kashmir as a conflict state, as a political issue …it’s a society which has social issues right now…It’s not a political issue as far as I can see, I think we are barking at the wrong tree for the last 57 years by talking about the politics of it, that the political situation has never improved. We seriously need to look at in terms of how it is a society that is in search for itself.”

The 53-year-old was addressing diplomats and investors at the function hosted by the PHD Chamber of Commerce.

The comments incensed his party and also left it facing attacks from both mainstream and separatist parties, who called the statement proof of a “political sellout by PDP to stay in power”.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reportedly agreed with party leaders that Haseeb Drabu had crossed the line.

In 2014, he formally joined the PDP and successfully contested the state elections on the party ticket from his home constituency Rajpora.

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