Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir IAS officer Shah Faesal, who quit his administrative service, to enter politics is slated to officially float his party ‘Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement’ on Sunday from the football ground in Raj Bagh.

 

Faesal, the first Kashmiri IAS topper, resigned from the civil service on January 9 this year and attributed his decision to the “unabated killings in Kashmir” and New Delhi’s refusal to initiate a political process in the state and “marginalisation of Indian Muslims”.

Explaining his decision, Faesal had said, “Kashmir is a political issue and it should be resolved in a political way. Those at the helm of affairs enjoy while the people in Kashmir suffer. I saw this while in service. “I was deeply disturbed by seeing these things. That is why I left the civil service.”

It was initially believed that he would join the National Conference that would field him as its candidate for the Lok Sabha elections from Baramulla in the Kashmir valley.

Speaking to the media earlier, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had welcomed his decision and extended an open invitation to join NC. He was quoted, “Shah Faesal is free to choose, he can go wherever he wants to. If he wants to join the National Conference, I can definitely get that arranged. He left the service to serve the people, he has to decide in what role he can do that in the best way possible.”

But Faesal soon quashed all rumours of joining NC or the Separatists and hinted at going all the way through- alone.

In his first public meeting after resigning from the civil services, Faesal vowed to fight against corruption and for the honour and dignity of the Kashmiri people. Scores of people had turned out to attend Faesal’s first public appearance in his home district of Kupwara.

 

With agency inputs