Drabu's sacking right decision: Farooq

Alonzo Simpson
March 14, 2018

Haseeb Drabu, the articulate, media-savvy face of Mehbooba Mufti's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was happier in the company of his old friends from the world of finance or the media in New Delhi than sitting in Srinagar or Jammu and playing trouble-shooter for the PDP-BJP government. Drabu, he said, was often the bridge between the Jammu and Kashmir government and the Centre over a host of issues.

Former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb Drabu today broke silence on his unceremonious exit from the Mehbooba Mufti government saying the decision was a "surprise" and the manner in which it was conveyed "shocking". They have been barking up the wrong tree for the last 50 or 70 years by talking about the politics of it; that the political situation has never improved.

An economist-turned- Business Standard journalist-turned banker (he was chairman of J&K Bank for a long time in mid-2000s) who then turned politician, Drabu is adept at finding his way around the power-circles of Delhi; the powers that many say control the levers of power in J&K.

The former finance minister, who won elections from Rajpora assembly seat of Pulwama in south Kashmir, said there were innuendoes that "I said this or was made to say this with an ulterior motive". At a personal level, for me and my family, it is Déja vu! He said "If both these regional parties believe J&K to be a political dispute they must give up their agenda of autonomy and stress for United Nations resolutions".

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Drabu's sacking by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is, therefore, being seen as hard posturing by the PDP and an attempt to regain the party's lost constituency in the Valley. "I will look into the issue and assure you that nothing will be changed in the policy", he said.

He recalled that Drabu played an important role in the formulation of the GST.Haseeb Drabu, Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir, PDP leader, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, j&k govt, j&k government, cabinet, Drabu.

"Indeed, the terms and conditions based on which the current PDP-BJP alliance was formed, the Agenda of alliance, was drafted under his guidance". Bukhari headed R&B minister during the tenure of Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the Chief Minister of present coalition government. It is an internal matter of the PDP.

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