Dead leader is a good leader in Kashmir: Shah Faesal

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/12/2020 11:14:36 AM

SRINAGAR, Aug 11: Jammu and Kashmir's bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal quit politics today, resigning from the Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement, the party he founded last year after quitting the civil services.
In a statement today, the party said, "Dr Shah Faesal had informed State Executive Members that he is not in a position to continue with political activities and wants to be freed from the responsibilities of the organization".
"Keeping in view this request, it was decided to accept his request so that he can better continue with his life and contribute whichever way he chooses," the statement read.
There was no word on his future plans, though reports in the local media said he might be joining the administration again.
According to some reports in the national media, his resignation from government service was never accepted, reportedly because the Centre had initiated disciplinary proceedings against him over his tweets on rape in July 2018.
The central government’s website on IAS officers continues to show him as a serving IAS officer. It does not, however, indicate if he was placed under suspension under a rule that automatically deems All India Service officers held in detention for more than 48 hours to have been suspended.
Shah Faesal, 37, who topped the 2010 civil services exam and was serving the state government, had quit his job in January 2019. While resigning from his administrative job, he had said it was his gesture of protest against the "unabated killings" in Kashmir and the "marginalization of Indian Muslims".
One of the most vocal critics of the Centre's move to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, he was taken into custody last year along with hundreds of other political leaders. In February, he was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act. He was released last month.
In March 21 last year, Shah Faesal had formed the JKPM, saying it would prove a platform to young people and would welcome seasoned political leaders with an unblemished record.
The party today said it would appoint current Vice President Feroze Peerzada as the interim chief till formal elections can be held for the post of party president.
Faesal, who has been under detention since August last year, changed his Twitter bio that identified him as the JKPM chief on Sunday evening, triggering speculation that he could exit politics.
The JKPM, the party that the 37-year-old founded, on Monday confirmed that the change in Twitter bio reflected his changed status in the party.
In a statement released on Monday, the JKPM said Faesal, who trained as a doctor before joining the civil services, had asked the party to “spare him from the organisational responsibilities”. “Dr Shah Faesal had informed state executive members that he is not in a position to continue with political activities and wants to be freed from the responsibilities of the organisation,” the JKPM said.
The party has accepted his request “so that he can better continue with his life and contribute whichever way he chooses”.
Shah’s success in the civil services examination had inspired many young Kashmiris to sit for the fiercely-competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. This year, a record 16 candidates cleared the examination from Jammu and Kashmir, many of them from remote parts of the Kashmir valley.
In an interview to The Indian Express, Faesal also said a perception had been built he was an anti-national. “In the last one year due to some of my problematic utterances, a perception was built that I am an anti-national… due to some of my statements, I let down a lot of people who had immense goodwill for me. I want to undo that,” he said.
According to Faesal, he realised that in politics it was really hard to tell the truth to public. “I did not want to lead Kashmiris down the garden path and raise unrealistic expectations,” he said.
He said that he has “absolutely no idea” on whether there is space for mainstream politics in Jammu and Kashmir. “I have absolutely no idea,” said Faesal while responding to a question if he saw space for mainstream politics in Jammu and Kashmir.



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