SRINAGAR: Er Rashid on Thursday offered former IAS officer Shah Faesal to join his Awami Ittehad Party (AIP), saying his joining any party “with not a good track record” will lead to confusions and 2010 IAS topper’s intentions might be questioned.
According to the statement, AIP chief stated this in a press conference here. He hailed Faesal’s decision to quit IAS and said that it showed how New Delhi was denying rights to Kashmiri people.
Rashid said that his party will like to offer Shah Faesal to join AIP or even if he floats his own party or contests parliamentary elections as an independent candidate “we will love to join hands with him, subject to the condition he will speak louder and clear with sincerity about sacrifices and sentiments of masses and will not collaborate with those who don’t believe in giving right to self-determination to Kashmiris.”
Rashid reiterated that his party is ready to merge with or follow any party and work with any individual who sincerely believes in fighting an everlasting resolution to Kashmir dispute in its historic perspective.
Rashid appealed Faesal “not let people down and prove his words”.
“By quitting IAS, Faesal has proved that sincere people can’t serve under corrupt political dispensation and is authentication of the fact that Kashmiris are being denied their rights and are facing worst state terrorism,” said the AIP chief.
Rashid said the reasons given by Faesal for his resignation confirmed that New Delhi was treating J&K as a “colony” and that the Kashmiri officers especially hailing from majority community were facing discrimination and alienation within the system. “…otherwise an IAS topper would never have been compelled to leave the job as he could have served more as a top class bureaucrats than as politician.”
He said it was for Shah Faesal to decide how he can achieve his goal or fight for the rights of Kashmiris.
“While Shah Faesal’s decision deserves respect, likeminded people must sincerely offer him cooperation and he should in return not disappoint those who are hoping high on him.”
“Since Shah Faesal has condemned atrocities on Kashmiris and has talked about legitimate rights of his people, as such Shah Faesal knows better than anyone that people are seeking resolution to Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions, end to nepotism, corruption, VIP culture, mis-governance and dynasty rule, hence he must not ignore the popular sentiment and sacrifices of masses.”