Kashmir remarks row; PDP removes Drabu from cabinet

Srinagar

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday decided to drop finance minister Haseeb Drabu from the council of a minister over his remarks that Kashmir “isn’t a political issue” but a society with “social issue”/.

Greater Kashmir reported said the PDP shot a communiqué to Raj Bhavan informing the governor NN Vohra about the decision. The decision came within minutes after Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti flew from Delhi to Srinagar.

A senior cabinet minister told Kashmir Life that “yes, I also heard it. It is true.” He spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Initial reports suggested that Chief Minister Ms Mufti may summon Drabu after her return from Delhi. But that did not take place. Instead, the party sent a letter to the Raj Bhawan informing the party’s decision to remove him.

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