SRINAGAR: Ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today hit out at its party leader and state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu saying that Jammu and Kashmir was a political problem and its resolution formed the PDP’s core agenda.
PDP vice-president Mohammad Sartaj Madni asked Drabu to retract his comment immediately if it has been reported correctly in the media.
On March 9, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu while speaking at an event themed ‘Kashmir: the way forward’ in New Delhi, said that Jammu and Kashmir should not be seen as a conflict state or a political problem, but as a society with social issues.
Opposition party, National Conference on Sunday said PDP leader’s “declaration” was a shocking and shameful U-turn by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which, for years, sought support and votes primarily to help in the resolution of the political issue that has claimed thousands of lives and pushed the State into the throes of instability and suffering.
Meanwhile, PDP’s Sartaj Madni advised all the senior leaders of the party to be careful in their statements and observations while commenting on the basic political philosophy and core agenda of the party.
“The party recognises Jammu and Kashmir as a political issue and ever since its emergence, the party has constantly been pursuing its resolution through reconciliation and dialogue – both at internal and external levels,” Madni said.
Recalling the vision of party founder and former chief minister Mufti Sayeed, Madni said the resolution of Kashmir formed the core of his struggle and sacrifices.
The PDP vice-president said after the fractured election mandate of 2014, the party entered into an alliance based on an agenda towards seeking a national reconciliation on J&K, besides catalysing reconciliation and confidence-building within and across the Line of Control.
Madni said the PDP was committed to pushing its agenda for peaceful and dignified resolution of the Kashmir problem which alone would lessen the tension in the region and release huge financial resources of the two countries for development of their economies.