Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu created a controversy by resigning from his post after his comment that the dispute in the state was “not political”.
Haseeb Drabu said in an interview “It (J&K) is not a political issue as far as I can see. 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. We seriously need to look at in terms of how it is a society that is in search for itself,” Drabu of the state’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, was speaking at an event called Kashmir: “The Way Forward in New Delhi on March 9”
Media reports said “PDP chief spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir advised Drabu to withdraw his statement. Education Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari and Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari, who attended the event, distanced themselves from Drabu’s comments”
PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni said “The party recognises Jammu and Kashmir as a political issue, and ever since its emergence, the party has relentlessly been pursuing its resolution through reconciliation and dialogue, both at internal and external levels,”