My speech not against party position, says Haseeb Drabu

Written by Bashaarat Masood
| Srinagar |
Updated: March 14, 2018 2:31 am

Haseeb Drabu, sacked as finance minister, was elected from Rajpora. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

A day after Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sacked him as finance minister over a speech he had made, Haseeb Drabu said the speech was not against his party’s “stated political position of Kashmir”. He said he was not given a hearing and being informed through the media was “painful”.

Speaking at an event in New Delhi on March 9, Drabu had said, “Don’t see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue. It is a society which has social issues right now.”

On Tuesday, he said, “I tried to make the point that Kashmir was not only a political issue to be resolved by the nation state of India and successive governments at the Centre and state,…

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