Former IAS officer Shah Faesal from Jammu and Kashmir launched a new political party named ‘Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement'(JKPM) on Sunday.
The party launch event took place at Gindun Park in Rajbagh area, which was festooned with banners and white flags carrying Mr Faesal’s picture. In his address to the gathering, mostly comprising youth, the civil services topper-turned-politician admitted that he had initially arrived at an incorrect diagnosis of the Kashmir situation.
Shah Faesal had earlier quit government service in protest against “unabated killings in Kashmir”.
“When I joined the civil services 10 years ago, I believed that we can change the lives of people by providing roads, electricity and safe drinking water. But I have understood that as long as the youth in Kashmir live in a state of constant fear, and as long as our mothers and sisters face the prospect of losing their dignity and dear ones, nothing will work here,”he said to a news agency.
In a Facebook post put up on the day of his resignation in January, Mr Faesal claimed that “Muslims had been reduced to second-class citizens” in the country. He also hit out against the centre, accusing it of subverting public institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigation Agency to fulfill its political needs.
Since then, the former bureaucrat has been building up a support base among the Jammu and Kashmir youth and gathering public support for his initiative towards ensuring “corruption-free, clean and transparent” politics in the state.
Shah Faesal is a self admitted admirer of Pakistan PM Imran Khan,who believes that Muslims are treated as second-class citizens in the country.Earlier this year after his resignation,he got an invitation by National Conference leader Omar Abdullah to join his party,but he clarified that he has no plans to join a mainstream political party.