The former IAS officer, Mr. Shah Faesal, on Sunday launched a political party, called the 'Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement' at a function in Rajbagh area of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. The rally, which saw the participation of hundreds of people, was also attended by former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader, Ms. Shehla Rashid.
Mr. Faesal, who is a 2010 IAS batch topper, quit the Indian Administrative Service in January this year as a mark of protest against the 'unabated killings in Kashmir and marginalisation of Indian Muslims.' He had accused the Central government of 'subverting public institutions like the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA).'
Addressing the rally in Srinagar, Mr. Faesal said, 'I welcome the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have come 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.'
He added that he admired the Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr. Imran Khan, and the Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal for their political struggle.
He added that he intended to provide a platform for people from all religions and castes, with the launch of his party. He also stressed that Kashmiri Pandits were also a part of the Kashmiri culture and that they should return to the valley. Ms. Shehla Rashid also addressed the rally and said that the party would work for the 'peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.' She said.