New Delhi: Jammu & Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday came down heavily on former IAS officer Shah Faesal for ‘abandoning’ his post. “I wish him well but if he could not complete his duty, what will he do in his future. He got a lot of respect and was given responsibility of a government post, it would be good had he continued,” said Malik, while speaking to reporters.
Jo apni is duty ko poori nahi kar raha hai, vo aage jaa kar kya karega, iska main nahi janta hun. unko bhot samman mila tha, sarkari kaam mila tha karne ko, vo karte toh bhot acha rehta, Malik was quoted by the news agency ANI as saying.
On January 9, IAS officer Shah Faesal, who has been in the limelight since becoming the first Kashmiri to top the exam in 2009, resigned, protesting the “unabated” killings in Kashmir and the marginalisation of Indian Muslims.
In a brief statement on Facebook, the 35-year-old said his resignation was also to protest “the marginalisation and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hyper-nationalism.”
Faesal also launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led government at the Centre, saying the “Subversion of public institutions like the RBI, the CBI and the NIA has the potential to decimate the constitutional edifice of this country and it needs to be stopped. I wish to reiterate that voices of reason in this country cannot be muzzled for long and the environment of siege will need to end if we wish to usher in true democracy.”
Calling Faesal’s remarks a “bundle of lies”, the Jammu and Kashmir BJP said,”His statement is not only false but motivated to create a wedge in the peacefully living society.” He has chosen to play in the hands of forces inimical to India, state BJP chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi claimed.