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SRINAGAR: In a dramatic development this afternoon, seen as tough stand ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday dropped finance minister Haseeb Drabu from the council of ministers over his remarks that Kashmir “isn’t a political issue” but a society with “social issues.” Top sources said the PDP shot a letter to Raj Bhavan informing the governor NN Vohra about the decision.

It is worth mentioning here that the Senior PDP leader and former State Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has kicked a political storm. Speaking at an event themed ‘Kashmir: The Way Forward' at New Delhi, Drabu was quoted by media saying that people need to introspect over nature and origins of situation in the state and how it can be resolved.  “Don't see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue, it is a society which has social issues right now. We are trying to find our own space and we are going through a process which many other countries are also going through,” Drabu was quoted.


A political analyst , while talking to The Kashmir News Bureau stated - “ It looks Drabu made a huge mistake and took PDP nowhere with his stand, and was acting on his own strange ways on serious issue. Now that PDP has removed Drabu they have made a serious comeback in restoring faith of people that they are serious political force to settle Kashmir and its issues .”  Interestingly enough, “Your statement has the potential of creating a serious dent in the image and credibility of the party. Therefore you are advised to explain as to why statement detrimental to party interests was made,” read a notice issued by chairman PDP’s disciplinary committee AR Veeri to Drabu. The statement of Haseeb Drabu was seen no less than a self goal by him drawing flak from all the quarters and now with his ouster PDP has made comeback of sorts.