Won’t join any existing political setup soon, resignation ‘an act of defiance against New Delhi’: Shah Faesal

Srinagar: Shah Faesal, the IAS topper, who resigned citing ‘unabated killings and lack of political outreach from New Delhi’, on Friday said that he won’t be joining any existing political setup in the state.

In his maiden press conference, Faesal said that by resigning, he has put a small act of defiance to remind the government of India about their duties towards Kashmiris.

“I am protesting against lack of credible political initiative by the central Govt. It is important that right to life of Kashmiri people is respected,” he said.

Faesal, while welcoming the comments of Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, he said,” I am a man from the system and I would be happy to change things by being in the system. Hurriyat doesn’t give me that opportunity as they don’t believe in electoral politics.”

Faesal also expressed his discontent over the rise of Hindutva forces and undermining of institutions like the CBI.

The 2009 IAS topper said that it was time to reimagine politics in Kashmir. He also hit out at the forces whom he said were pitting one region of the state against another.

Ruling out any offer from the National Conference, Faesal said that Omar Abdullah has been “very kind to him”.

Earlier, Shah Faesal, said that he took the step to protest against the ‘unabated killings and lack of political outreach from New Delhi.’

Faesal, when asked that the ‘deep state might use him’, he replied that ‘he might end up using them.’

In a Facebook post, Faesal said, “To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government; the marginalization and invisiblization 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 J&K State and growing culture of intolerance and hate in the mainland India in the name of hypernationalism, I have decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service.”

Faesal said he wished to remind the regime of the day that subversion of public institutions like RBI, CBI and 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,” he said his Facebook post.

Meanwhile, National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah welcomed him into the political fold.

On Thursday, Engineer Rashid offered him to join his party and said that he is ready to work with all those who speak about the sentiments and sacrifices of Kashmiris.

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