SRINAGAR: National Conference on Sunday said PDP’s “declaration” that Kashmir was not a political issue but a social issue was a shocking and shameful U-turn by the Party 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. Addressing a Press Conf-erence at NC Headquarters ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ in Srinagar on Sunday, NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, who was flanked by NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani and State Spokesperson Junaid Mattu, lashed out at Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbo-oba Mufti and her party for their “total sell-out and said this recent outrageous statement is the last nail in the coffin for PDP.” The NC General Secretary said PDP Leader and Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu’s declaration that Kashmir was apparently not a ‘political issue’ but a ‘social issue’ while speaking at an event in Delhi was a serious development that called into question the very basis of PDP’s political over the years and the promises it had been making to the people of the State. “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. “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”, Sagar said. He asked Mehbooba Mufti to clarify if this was the final and formal abandonment of the party’s ‘Self Rule’ document which till now was being portrayed as the party’s supreme vision document. “First the PDP violated the mandate of 2014 by entering into an opportunistic alliance with a party it had sought votes against and today the same party finally lets the cat out of the bag by declaring everything it stood for till now was apparently akin to ‘barking up the wrong tree’ as said by Dr. Haseeb Drabu. “We want to ask the Chief Minister and the PDP President if Kashmir is not a political issue then why have thousands of people lost their lives and why does the State continue to be mired by instability, violence and lack of peace and normalcy? Why did you promise the people that your party would work towards helping in resolving the political issue when you don’t even consider the issue to be political to start with?”, he said. Speaking on the occasion, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani hit out at the PDP for “fooling” the people of the State for almost two decades by seeking their personal political empowerment by exploiting the political sentiment that they are now openly ridiculing.