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

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

Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti has finally chose to drop finance minister Haseeb Drabu - a close aide of her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed - from her cabinet following his controversial remark that Kashmir is not a political issue.

Reports quoting PDP sources said the ruling party has written a letter to Governor NN Vohra regarding this regard.

Another PDP leader and MLC Zaffar Iqbal Manhas said Drabu's statement challenges the party's basic stand vis-à-vis Kashmir issue.

Meanwhile, The disciplinary committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Finance Minister to explain the statement attributed to him on Kashmir issue. The minister's statement had drawn criticism from the political fraternity of the state.

Drabu was handpicked for the job by former chief minister and patron of PDP, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The party maintains that the Kashmir issue is a political issue and its resolution formed the party's core agenda.

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"The party recognises Jammu and Kashmir as a political issue, and ever since its emergence, the party has relentlessly been pursuing its resolution through reconciliation and dialogue, both at internal and external levels", PDP Vice President Sartaj Madni said.

The source said the order has been forwarded to the state Governor for approval.

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

The business community in the Valley hit out at the finance minister for his statement, saying they (remarks) were far from the truth as the whole world recognised it as a political issue pending a solution for the last 70 years.

"Drabu should tell people if Kashmir is not a conflict zone, then why we have five lakh army and para military forces stationed in this Kashmir?"

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