Former IAS Topper Shah Faesal Launches New Political Party In Kashmir

Srinagar: Former IAS Officer and 2010 UPSC Topper Shah Faesal launched his political party ‘Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement’ at a function in Rajbagh area of Srinagar. The launch rally saw participation from hundreds of people who had come from all over Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the gathering, Shah Faesal said, “I welcome the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have came here to attend this rally. At first, I thought I will join any prominent political party of Kashmir valley, but their reaction towards me was very negative. So, I decided to launch my own political party which will be a new platform for Kashmir valley’s youth.”

“Our party will work for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir as per the wishes of the people living here. We will fight with forces intent to divide Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of religion. We will represent Kashmir’s youth. We will work for the health sector will finish corruption from the state,” Faesal added.

Faesal said that his party will provide a platform to people irrespective of religion and caste. He also asserted that Kashmiri pandits were also part of the Kashmiri culture and that they should return to the valley.

On the launch day, several youngsters and aspiring politicians from Kashmir joined Faesal’s political party, including the 31-year-old former Jawaharlal National University (JNU) student leader Shehla Rashid Shora.

Noteworthy, Shah Faesal had resigned from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in January this year to protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and marginalisation of Indian Muslims. He had also blamed the central government for subverting public institutions like the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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