PDP’s declaration that Kashmir not a political issue shocking, shameful says NC

CM Mehbooba Mufti must answer why PDP has abandoned its long-held stance.

Jammu: Opposition party, National Conference on Sunday said PDP leader’s “declaration” that Kashmir was not a political issue but a social issue 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.

National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar while addressing a Press Conference at NC Headquarters ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ in Srinagar on Sunday lashed out at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her party for their “total sell-out and said this recent outrageous statement is the last nail in the coffin for PDP.” GK reported.

Sagar said PDP Leader and Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu’s declaration that Kashmir was apparently not a ‘political issue’ but a ‘social issue’ was a serious development.

“If PDP thinks that Kashmir is not a ‘political issue’ but is according to them a ‘social issue’, the very basis of the politics of PDP and that of its founder Late Mufti Sahab comes into question. Till today we were led to believe that PDP’s basis was the resolution of the political issue and its rhetorical advocacy for dialogue was a cornerstone of its narrative,” Sagar said

“Today, the same party suddenly declares that Kashmir is not a political issue and the problems we are facing are not any different from those being faced by people outside Kashmir. We condemn this statement in the strongest of terms as it reeks of fallacy, delusion and indicates an enormous ideological U-turn for the party”, he added.

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.

“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,’ Drabu added.

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