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My speech not against party position, says Haseeb Drabu

My speech not against party position, says Haseeb Drabu

The spokesman said that it is only United Nations resolutions which make Kashmir a political issue and once one stops talking about United Nations resolutions, the significance and the very existence of Kashmir dispute gets demolished.

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and sacked Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on Tuesday said the decision taken by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to sack him from his post came as a surprise.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had sacked Haseeb Drabu as Finance Minister after he termed Kashmir as a social and not a political issue.

Asked if given an offer to return to party fold whether he would like to join the PDP again, Bashir said, "Action has been taken against me for none of my faults as I wasn't even asked to explain my position the time I was disengaged from the party. I was not accorded the opportunity to explain the context and the content of my speech", said Mr Drabu, who was a key architect of the alliance between PDP and BJP. "I stand informed by the media first as a speculation, then as a fact", Drabu said. "It was made in the larger context of how our society has been ravaged and has impaired real-life situations and sensibilities especially of the youth", he said. "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".

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The buzz within the PDP has always been that while the late Mufti liked him, Mehbooba never trusted him completely. "But Drabu isn't completely blameless - he is not too discreet about his views about the CM and these things have a way of coming back", the leader had said.

He said that it is surprising that he has been ousted from the government and continues to be the member of the party against the core political agenda of which he has spoken.

After the 2014 assembly elections in J&K threw up a fractured mandate, the PDP and the BJP entered into an alliance, the contours (popularly known as the "Agenda of Alliance") of which were worked out by Drabu and Madhav over several rounds of secretive meetings, which began after Mufti and the BJP leadership had taken the formal decision to form the government together.

It (JK) is not a political issue as far as I can see.