Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

PDP removes Drabu from cabinet for Kashmir 'apolitical issue' remark

PDP removes Drabu from cabinet for Kashmir 'apolitical issue' remark

Jammu: The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir N N Vohra on Monday approved the ruling PDP's decision of removing Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu from the council of ministers, reported the news agency GNS.

Drabu while speaking at an event themed, "Kashmir: the way forward" in national capital organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Friday evening had said, "I don't see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue. They have been barking up the wrong tree for the last 50 or 70 years by talking about the politics of it, that the political situation has never improved", he added. For, Kashmir is not just a political problem, but a social issue. Drabu's own party's disciplinary committee sent him a letter saying: "Your statement has the potential of creating a serious dent to the image and credibility of the party".

Meanwhile, official handle of PDP on twitter reacted on the statement and said, " Party recognizes J&K as a political issue & ever since its emergence has relentlessly been pursuing its resolution through reconciliation & dialogue.

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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". He also emerged as a frontrunner for the post of chief minister after the demise of late PDP president Mufti Muhammad Saeed in December 2015.

"PDP, since its inception, has considered Kashmir issue as political".

He said throughout the chequered history of past decades it has not been just a territorial dispute but a test of the secular, democratic and federal nature of the republic.

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His statement had set off a political storm in the state.

Haseeb Drabu was chairman and CEO of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank from 2005 to 2010.

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