Shah Faesal Launches Political Outfit, Says He Admires Imran Khan, Arvind Kejriwal

Shah Faesal launches political outfit, says he admires Imran Khan, Arvind Kejriwal

(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / NNI - 17th March, 2019) (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point news / NNI - 17th March, 2019) Shah Faesal launches his political outfit Jammu and Kashmir People's MovementSRINAGAR, March 17 (NNI): Nearly two months after announcing his resignation from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Shah Faesal on Sunday launched his political outfit Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement' at an event in Srinagar.Former JNU Students' Union vice (Pakistan Point News / NNI - 17th March, 2019) president Shehla Rashid also joined Faesal's outfit.While announcing the launch of his outfit, Faesal said he admired Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for their political struggle.

In its vision document, the outfit said it would pursue a "peaceful resolution of the Kashmir problem as per the will and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir."With a political row going on over Article 35A, the outfit underlined that it would seek to protect the special status granted to the state under the Constitution."The party shall work for the upliftment of ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities in the State and work for the peaceful and dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland," the 29 (Pakistan Point News / NNI - 17th March, 2019) point document further mentioned.Amid speculation that he would be joining the National Conference, Faesal has been travelling through different districts in the Valley, meeting and bringing "like (Pakistan Point News / NNI - 17th March, 2019) minded individuals" into the fold.The first person from Jammu and Kashmir to top the Indian civil service examination, Faesal resigned from IAS "to protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union government".

Earlier, Shah Faesal, the Kashmiri IAS officer who topped the 2010 exam, has quit the civil services and is likely to join politics.

Announcing his decision in a Facebook post, he said he was quitting to protest against "unabated killings" in Kashmir and the "marginalization of Indian Muslims"."To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir and lack of any sincere reach (Pakistan Point News / NNI - 17th March, 2019) out from the Union government; the marginalization and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second (Pakistan Point News / NNI - 17th March, 2019) class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the J&K state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in the mainland India in the name of hyper (Pakistan Point News / NNI - 17th March, 2019) nationalism, I have decided to resign from IAS," said Shah Faesal.To protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government, I have decided to resign from IAS.Shah Faesal topped the IAS or Indian Administrative Service exam in 2010 and was allotted the home cadre of Jammu and Kashmir.

Over the years, he worked as District Magistrate, Director of school education and Managing Director of the state (Pakistan Point News / NNI - 17th March, 2019) owned Power Development Corporation.Shah Faesal recently returned from the US after completing his Fulbright fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. NNI

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