CM removes Drabu from cabinet on controversial remarks

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Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday dropped Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu from the council of ministers over his controversial remarks that “Kashmir is not a political issue but a society with social issues”.

Speaking at an event themed ‘Kashmir: The Way Forward’ at New Delhi, Drabu was quoted by media saying that people need to introspect over nature and origins of situation in the state and how it can be resolved.

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

While on Monday the Chief Minister wrote a letter to Rajbhawan informing the Governor N N Vohra about removal of Drabu from the council of ministers.

“Yes CM took the decision for Drabu’s removal from the Cabinet and wrote the letter to the Governor N N Vohra,” PDP Vice-President, Sartaj Madni said.

Meanwhile one of the senior PDP leader told KNS that PDP will take decision whether he (Drabu) will be part of the party in the coming days. “The PDP will take decision in coming days,” he added.

PDP Minister Altaf Bukhari said that Chief Minister took the decision for dropping Drabu from the cabinet. “Party’s agenda is supreme. It is lesson for others not to make such comments, which goes against the interests of the party and people of the state,” Bukhari told KNS.

On Sunday, the party had asked him to explain his statement, which was “contradictory” to their stand. PDP Vice President Sartaj Madni had asked Drabu to retract the statement immediately.

The PDP Vice President on Sunday said the party recognizes Jammu and Kashmir as a political issue and ever since its advent the party has relentlessly been pursuing its resolution through reconciliation and dialogue, both at internal and external levels. Recalling the vision of party’s patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Madni said that the resolution of Kashmir problem formed the core of his struggle and sacrifices.

PDP Vice President said it was unfortunate that the problem was seen by some forces in the sub-continent as “a mere management assignment” to contain peoples’ aspirations and the commitment to the resolution “is being aimlessly undermined”.

Acknowledging the difficulties in pursuing the resolution of the issue, Madni said PDP feels perturbed at the obvious lack of urgency in resolving this issue and reiterates its commitment to uphold the party‘s stated objectives in which the resolution of the political issue has a paramount importance.

Opposition National Conference on Sunday had asked Chief Minister to explain if remarks of her party leader and finance minister HaseebDrabu that Kashmir “isn’t a political issue but a state with social problems”.

“The statement of Haseeb Drabu that Kashmir is not a political issue is unrealistic, incorrect, misleading and distortion of history,” NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar had said. (KNS)

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