Hope Shah Faesal’s resignation over Kashmir killings guides his choice of politics: Mirwaiz

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SRINAGAR: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday welcomed the resignation of IAS topper from Kashmir Shah Faesal, hoping his “outrage over Kashmir killings will guide his choice of politics and gets reflected in representing his people’s desire of right to self-determination.”

Taking to Twitter after the 2009 IAS topper resigned from the service to protest over the “unabated killings” in Kashmir, Mirwaiz said Faesal’s sentiment that “Kashmiri lives matter” will guide Faesal to represent his people’s (Kashmiris) collective deep driving desire to right to self-determination.

“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 wrote on his twitter handle.

Earlier today, Faesal resigned from IAS to protest against the “unabated killings and lack of political outreach from New Delhi”.

Faesal took to Twitter to announce his resignation. “To protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government, I have decided to resign from IAS.  Kashmiri lives matter,” he wrote. 

Faesal has recently returned to India from a stint as a Fulbright fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Faesal cleared the civil services exam in 2009, becoming the first Kashmiri to top the test. After joining the IAS, he was appointed director of school education in the Kashmir Valley.

Last year, inquiry was launched against him for a remark on rampant rapes in south Asia. Criticising the rape culture in the region, Faesal had referred to south Asia as “Rapistan”. 

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