Monday, 24 September, 2018

J&K Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu sacked after controversial Kashmir remark

Drabu's Statement That Kashmir Shouldn’t Be Seen As Political Problem Create Political Storm In Valley After Drabu says K-issue not political, angry PDP raps him
Ben Pena | 12 March, 2018, 17:36

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. "The statement of Drabu is a classic example of a person trying to act like a lawyer in politics, who has no ideology and ethics but is always ready to represent his clients' wishes and whims, " Malik said.

Drabu's remark during a function in New Delhi that Kashmir "isn't a political issue" had earned him ire of the party, opposition, pro-freedom and trade bodies.

"Don't see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue, it is a society which has social issues right now".

He asked Mehbooba Mufti to clarify if this was the final and formal abandonment of the party's "Self Rule" document which till now was being portrayed as the party's supreme vision document.

But the storm raised by Drabu's statement didn't subside.

This, however, failed to impress the party leadership, which chose to sack Drabu.The decision was later conveyed to Governor N.N. Vohra.

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The spokesman quoting Er Rasheed said that "even if every Kashmiri cries billion times a day that J&K is a political issue, Delhi firmly believes that J&K dispute is the baggage of unfinished partition of sub-continent and is scared of the fact that being a Muslim dominated state people of state may vote against India in case of a possible plebiscite".

"Post his Kashmir remarks, Ms Mufti in a major development has removed the state Finance Minister from her cabinet", party sources here told UNI.

Addressing a Press Conference at NC Headquarters "Nawa-e-Subha" in Srinagar on Sunday, NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, who was flanked by NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani and State Spokesperson Junaid Mattu, lashed out at Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and her party for their "total sell-out and said this recent outrageous statement is the last nail in the coffin for PDP".

Peoples Democratic Party disciplinary committee chairman Abdul Rehman Veeri has asked Haseeb Drabu to explain the statement "attributed to him on the Kashmir issue." . "Drabu was one of them", said a source.

Sagar further alleged that Drabu is being used by the BJP, the ruling alliance partner of PDP.

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