Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today sacked finance minister Haseeb Drabu from the council of ministers over his recent remark about Kashmir.
Drabu had said that Kashmir “isn’t a political issue” but a society with “social issues.”
“PDP shot a letter to Raj Bhavan informing the governor NN Vohra about the decision,” a local daily reported.
Drabu’s remark during a function in New Delhi that Kashmir “isn’t a political issue” had earned him ire of the party, opposition, pro-freedom and trade bodies.
On Sunday, the party had asked him to explain his statement, which was “contradictory” to their stand.
PDP Vice President Sartaj Madni had yesterday asked Drabu to retract the statement immediately.
He said the party recognizes Jammu and Kashmir as a political issue and ever since its advent the party has relentlessly been pursuing its resolution through reconciliation and dialogue, both at internal and external levels.
Ironically, Drabu was one of the chief architects of PDP’s proposal of Self-Rule.