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Mehbooba drops Drabu from ministry

J&K Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu speaking to diplomats at a PHD Chamber event J&K Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu speaking to diplomats at a PHD Chamber event
Nellie Chapman | 12 March, 2018, 15:55

Two days after state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said "Kashmir should not be seen as a political problem", his party today hit out at him saying that J&K was a political problem and its resolution formed the PDP's core agenda.

The Mehbooba-led People's Democratic Party (PDP) Monday sent a letter to Raj Bhavan informing governor N. N. Vohra about the decision.

The Kashmiri society faces "social issues" and the problem should be treated as such, Drabu claimed at an event organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi on March 9.

Drabu Sahab's statement has the potential of creating a serious dent in the image and credibility of the party, Veeri said, asking "Therefore you are advised to explain as to why statement detrimental to the party interests was made" said Veeri.

A senior government official confirmed to The Hindu that the Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister has been asked "to step down from his portfolio".

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". It is a society which has social issues right now.

Without naming Drabu, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) chairman and MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen said Kashmir was an internationally recognised political issue which awaited an amicable resolution since the last several decades.

The Opposition leader said there could be no progress till the Kashmir conflict is resolved.

Senior CPI (M) leader and MLA M Y Tarigami on Sunday said the problem of Jammu and Kashmir has been there since accession of the state to the Indian Union and its political nature can not be overlooked. Malik alleged "in 1996, Haseeb Drabu came to (APHC) Kashmir Awareness Bureau (KAB) office at Delhi with his friend Siddque Wahid in an auto rickshaw".