Jammu and Kashmir shouldn’t be seen as ‘Conflict State or Political Issue’: Haseeb Drabu

Jammu and Kashmir should not be seen as a conflict state or a political problem, but as a society with social issues, state’s Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has said while speaking at an event themed ‘Kashmir: the way forward’ in New Delhi last night,

Drabu asked the people to “introspect” over the nature and origins of the situation in the state and how it can be resolved.

“We need to talk to ourselves before we talk to others and this must happen nationally as well,” he said.

“Don’t see Jammu and Kashmir as a conflict state and a political issue, it is a society which has social issues right now. We are trying to find our own space and we are going through a process which many other countries are also going through,” Drabu said.

“It (Jammu and Kashmir) is not a political issue as far as I can see. 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.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Sports Minister Imran Ansari also echoed Drabu’s views, saying “everything that has been coming to your ears is not true. We have many success stories”.

Education Minister Altaf Bukhari who was also present at the event said the education system in J&K needed to be reoriented to make it vocational and to minimise the mismatch between demand and availability of skilled manpower.

“The government is keen to set up more educational institutions,” he said.
Drabu made a passionate appeal to both the domestic and overseas investors to include Jammu and Kashmir in their investment agenda and help uplift the state’s economic growth.

“We may be living unhappy lives. Our history may be torturous, but we run profitable businesses.

“You will find some interesting opportunities where you will not just make money, but also have a lot of fun and will enjoy themselves,” he told investors.

Drabu said the word needs to go out that it is peaceful, and once that happens we will not have enough infrastructure to host people

Drabu also said that it was not fair to blame media for its negative coverage of Kashmir, noting that TV networks were showing what the civil society wanted to hear.

(Inputs PTI)

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