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PDP sacks Drabu for saying Kashmir not a political issue

12 March 2018

The development comes after Drabu, speaking at an event in New Delhi on Friday, had said, "It (JK) is not a political issue as far as I can see". The event was organised by Kashmiri businessmen in which ambassadors from 110 countries were invited.

Senior NC leader A.M. Sagar asked if Kashmir was a social issue what was the PDP's self-rule all about?

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

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Speaking on the occasion, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani hit out at the PDP for "fooling" the people of the State for nearly two decades by seeking their personal political empowerment by exploiting the political sentiment that they are now openly ridiculing.

"Why did you promise the people that your party would work towards helping in resolving the political issue when you don't even consider the issue to be political to start with?", he said. Drabu's assertions evoked sharp criticism from the opposition National Conference and separatist leader Yasin Malik.

Malik alleged "Drabu renounced resistance movement for his petty selfish gain and switched over to other side of the divide and joined Indian political system". 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".

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Drabu tried to defend himself by blaming the media for quoting him selectively.

With Drabu out of the finance ministry, the race for the coveted portfolio began with the chief minister's trusted aide and Works Minister Naeem Akhtar and Education Minister Altaf Bukhari being seen as front-runners.

This, however, failed to impress the party leadership, which chose to sack Drabu.The decision was later conveyed to Governor N.N. Vohra. After news of the minister's sacking broke, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said it would be "interesting to see who replaces him in the Finance Ministry".

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Drabu was a key PDP pointsman in setting the contours of its alliance with the BJP in 2015. "Drabu was one of them", said a source.

PDP sacks Drabu for saying Kashmir not a political issue