PDP drops J&K Finance Minister Haseeb Ahmed Drabu

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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday made a decision to drop senior PDP leader and Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu from her council of ministers over his controversial remarks on Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, taking serious note of the statement made reportedly by Dr Haseeb A Drabu Finance Minister in a function at New Delhi regarding nature of problems in J&K, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice President Mohammad Sartaj Madni has asked the minister to retract the statement immediately if it has been reported correctly in the media.

Drabu's statement that "Kashmir is not a political issue but a social one", had created a storm and the party had earlier sought an explanation from him. 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.

Party vice-president Madni also advised all senior leaders of the party to be careful while issuing statements and making observations on the basic political philosophy and core agenda of the party.

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".

Marking its dissent against the statements of Drabu, the ruling PDP said the issue in Kashmir has "always remained" political. Today, the same party suddenly declares that Kashmir is not a political issue and the problems we are facing are not any different from those being faced by people outside Kashmir.

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

The source said the order has been forwarded to the state Governor for approval. "The KCCI (Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry) is disgusted while going through the statement by the minister of finance".

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