Here's why J&K Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu was sacked by Mehbooba Mufti

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

Endorsing the statement of Finance Minister, Haseeb A Drabu that Kashmir is not a political issue; Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said that the only issue is to get "PoK" back.

Top sources while disclosing this to KNS revealed that Drabu instead of complying the party directive to retract his statement on Kashmir was very harsh in his reply to the show cause notice issued to him by Ab Rehman Veeri the head of party's disciplinary committee.

Informed sources told IANS here that Mehbooba Mufti wrote to Governor N.N. Vohra, informing him about her decision to oust Drabu from the council of ministers.

However, the uneasiness in relations with Mehbooba Mufti crept in after Drabu's wife had charged the CM in 2015 with "killing of children, criminal blinding and maiming of protesters, besides shameless suffocating of an entire population" during the violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. The split will occur in coming months and may pose a serious challenge to PDP in Parliament Elections 2019.

"For Kashmir is not just a political problem but a social issue". He was also a consultant to the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister and finally with the 10th Finance Commission. Drabu was also associated with the Tenth Finance Commission and was a consultant to Asian Development Bank. Drabu played an instrumental role while negotiating the terms and conditions of the agenda of the alliance. Later, he served as the CEO of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank from 2005 to 2010, but was sacked soon after the National Congress government came to power in 2008.

Drabu had earlier too been caught up in controversy when in March 2014 JKLF leader Yaseen Malik, a militant-turned-separatist politician, said the economist was an advisor to his group in the early 1990s when it started an insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. Yelling and insulting people who visited him with terse, dismissive remarks like "what do you know" had become the signature style of the former finance minister. On social media, Nazki had criticised the state government - of which her husband was a part of - and had asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti-led government to step down.