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Is Haseeb Drabu back in business?
Mehbooba inducts ex-Finance Minister in PDP's PAC
9/7/2018 10:50:44 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Sept 7: In a bid to keep the party intact, the PDP which is battling internal rebellion, has extend an olive branch to its former finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu by inducting him in the Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
Drabu, known as the key architect of the BJP-PDP alliance after the fragmented verdict of 2014 polls, was sacked from the council of ministers by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in March over his controversial speech made by him in New Delhi.
However, three months after the BJP toppled the government in the state with Drabu's sacking being speculated as one of the main reasons, Mehbooba Mufti on Friday announced that Drabu and Altaf Bukhari are going to be PDP's new members of the PAC.
Meanwhile, there are speculations that such an action has been taken to woo Drabu back into the party fold and give him enough reasons to believe that he is still important for the PDP and its future coarse of action.
There are also chances that with Drabu back into the fold, he could play a crucial role in re-structuring the ties between his party and the BJP which pulled out of the coalition government and paved the way for imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, only time is going to decide whether Drabu's home coming will infuse new hope among the party cadres about f possible government formation in the state.
On March 12, news reports quoted Drabu as saying at an event, "Kashmir: The Way Forward", that "Don't see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue, it is a society which has social issues right now…"
"It (J&K) 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, and the political situation has never improved. We seriously need to look at in terms of how it (Kashmir) is a society that is in search of itself," Drabu was quoted at the function organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
After these controversial remarks, the then chief minister Mehbooba Mufti removed Drabu from her cabinet. The development came a day after the PDP asked Drabu to retract his comment and sought an explanation from him for making the statement "detrimental to the party's interests".
If sources are to be believed, Drabu was not even given a chance to explain what he meant by his statement in which he stated that Kashmir was not a political issue. His sacking creating a rift between him and the party with former preferring not to attend any party meet to function and even remaining away from the public gaze.
Will the decision taken by Mehbooba on Friday undo the wrongs? Only time will tell.
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