SRINAGAR, Mar 12: Former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz today said that Haseeb Drabu can at best be pitied for his distorted perception of Kashmir situation as his statement, in utter disregard of his party position, may not achieve any advantage for him from his mentors.
In a press statement here for PCC chief said, ” Drabu has deliberately made the statement to prove his credentials to quarters that matter to him. Nobody should take him for his ‘naiveté’.”
“When I read the statement, I remembered late Syed Mir Qasim, who in his last years had desired me to keep spending some time with him as he also then lived in Delhi.”
Remembering the past struggle of Kashmiris, Soz said , he (Mir Qasim) had quoted famous couplet of Iqbal to me. “I don’t grudge animosity from ‘the others’. Whatever I have suffered was at the hands of my own people”!
“PDP top brass’s reaction to Drabu’s disgraceful statement has fallen quite short of assuaging the hurt feelings of Kashmiris! The least Drabu can do is to tender an unconditional apology (publicly) to the people of the State and his own party,” Soz said.