Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti has finally made a decision to drop finance minister Haseeb Drabu - a close aide of her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed - from her cabinet following his controversial remark that Kashmir is not a political issue.
Drabu stoked a controversy by saying that Jammu and Kashmir should not be seen as a conflict state or a political problem, but as a society with social issues.
"Yes, he has been removed because party was not satisfied with the reply to his explanation", Rafi Ahmad Mir, chief spokesman of PDP, told DNA. "We have written to him to retract the statement", he said.
A senior party leader while talking to KNS confirmed Drabu's removal.
The DFP in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that the youth like Fazli, Owais and Sofi are rendering their precious lives for Kashmir cause, but Indian agents like Haseeb Drabu are busy in maligning these sacrifices by refusing the very historical facts about the Kashmir dispute.
He said the party recognizes J&K as a political issue and ever since its emergence, PDP has relentlessly been pursuing its resolution through reconciliation and dialogue both at internal and external levels. The comment had earned him the ire of PDP, opposition, separatists as well trade bodies from J&K. Malik alleged "in 1996, Haseeb Drabu came to (APHC) Kashmir Awareness Bureau (KAB) office at Delhi with his friend Siddque Wahid in an auto rickshaw". The minister's statement had drawn criticism from the political fraternity of the state.
Speaking at an event themed "Kashmir: the way forward", Drabu asked the people to "introspect" over the nature and origins of the situation in the state and how it can be resolved.