Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday welcomed the resignation of Kashmir’s IAS topper Shah Faesal in protest against the “unabated killings” in Kashmir.
Mirwaiz hoped that Faesal’s outrage over killings reflects in the choice of his politics.
“Welcome the stand to resign by @ShahFaesal to protest unabated killing of Kashmiris by GOI. Hope his outrage over killings and his sentiment that
#KashmiriLivesMatter guide his choice of politics and gets reflected in representing his people’s collective deep driving desire of right to self-determination and their relentless struggle and sacrifice in achieving it – also the reason behind killings and repression on them by the state,” Mirwaiz tweeted.
Faesal resigned from the services earlier today.
New Delhi based The Print quoting sources said the 2010 batch topper sought voluntary retirement Monday to join the Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference. Faesal, 35, who comes from the Lolab valley in north Kashmir’s Kupwara, is believed to be eyeing the Baramulla constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“He applied for voluntary retirement the day before, but the process takes time since it has to be approved by the DoPT,” a source familiar with the development told ThePrint.
Once his resignation is accepted, Faesal is expected to meet the National Conference leadership, including party chief Farooq Abdullah and son Omar.
“There will be a meeting between the NC leaders before his (Faesal) official induction into the party,” a senior party leader said.
Faesal has just returned to India from a stint as a Fulbright fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He arrived in the Valley on 2 January, after which he decided to resign.