Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Mufti removes J & K PDP Leader Haseeb Drabu From Cabinet

Mufti removes J & K PDP Leader Haseeb Drabu From Cabinet

However, politics in Jammu and Kashmir is nothing if not full of surprises - after all, didn't the "nationalist" BJP join hands with the "pro-separatist" (an oft-mentioned charge) PDP for the sake of power in J&K?

The PDP leadership was apparently annoyed with Drabu for dismissing the political nature of the Kashmir issue although he himself had in the agenda of alliance got the clause inserted for political resolution of the problem by holding dialogue with all stake holders including the separatists who have been making anti-India statements and maligning the Indian Army and security forces.

The event was organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"There were innuendoes that I said this or was made to say this with an ulterior motive", he said. "I will continue the all good work which was done by Haseeb Drabu", Bukhari said soon after he was assigned the additional charge as the finance minister.

"The fact is that it is a long-held belief and I have repeatedly said it that the engagement with Kashmir should be at various levels", he said.


He said to his best understanding and knowledge, whatever he had stated in his speech did not go against the articulated and stated political position of PDP. I stand by my choices, political or otherwise.

Along with BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, Drabu was involved in stitching together the alliance between the two parties - one of which (BJP) draws its strength mainly from the Hindu-dominated Jammu region while the other (PDP) is more Kashmir-centric in its political outlook.

Independent leader and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday have asked NC and PDP to stop befooling masses by crying that J&K dispute is a political issue. He said the "unflinching confidence" that Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) always reposed in him and the relationship of trust that "we shared, is my source of strength" to endure this situation.

Drabu's remarks at a meeting in Delhi to promote economy of the state had created a controversy giving an opportunity to his detractors to make Mehbooba take the extreme step of sacking her trusted minister.

"The next morning I spoke to Veeri saheb and he suggested that I should talk to the party president and the Chief Minister". Although it's an internal matter of the PDP but his statement of Kashmir not being a political issue was condemned by everyone cutting across the party lines in Kashmir, he said.

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