IAS officer Shah Faesal, the first Kashmiri to top the civil services exam, has announced that he is resigning from his post to enter active politics ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He is reportedly set to contest elections from Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla on a National Conference (NC) ticket.
To protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government, I have decided to resign from IAS.
Kashmiri lives matter.
I will be addressing a press-conference on Friday.
Attached is my detailed statement. pic.twitter.com/Dp41rFIzIg
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) January 9, 2019
Reacting to the speculations, NC leader Omar Abdullah "welcomed" Faesal to the political fold on Wednesday. He tweeted:
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 9, 2019
Omar, however, clarified that he wasn't welcoming Faesal to NC itself. “Actually I welcomed him to fold of politicians. His future political plans are his to announce,” he further tweeted.
In 2018, Faesal had had a run-in with the authorities after he posted "sarcastic tweets" commenting on the frequent incidents of rape in the country, prompting the Jammu and Kashmir administration to initiate a departmental inquiry against him.
Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia.
The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience.
I'm sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change. pic.twitter.com/ssT8HIKhIK
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) July 10, 2018
A doctor by profession, Faesal was the managing director of the Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation (JKPDC) before he went to Harvard University in the United States to pursue further studies. In 2009, Faesal was allotted the Jammu and Kashmir cadre, and served in various capacities, including as the director, Education and deputy commissioner.
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Updated Date: Jan 09, 2019 16:14:33 IST