Shah Faesal became the first Kashmiri to place first in the Indian Civil Services Examination. But he soon quit IAS and began his political life by giving a public speech in his hometown of Kupwara. During this speech, he compared his experience in the IAS with feeling like having “spent the last 10 years in a jail.”
Shah Faesal formed the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) last year and then entered into an alliance with the Awami Ittehad Party headed by Sheikh Abdul Rashid. Things changed in the erstwhile state after the government decided to abrogate Article 370 in J&K in August 2019.
On August 12, a Look Out Circular under which one is not allowed to leave the country was issued against him by the Intelligence Bureau, Faesal tried to leave India and was bound for Istanbul flight. He was detained at the Delhi airport after which he was sent back to Kashmir. Faesal was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) that allows detention without trial for up to three months and multiple extensions after the removal of Article 370.
Faesal’s party had also claimed that he was also planning to travel abroad to initiate a case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against India for abolishing Article 370. He was planning to reach Turkey and from there was planning to travel to the Hague, Netherlands where the ICJ is headquartered.
The JKPM announced Monday that its founding president, IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal, has stepped down and that Feroze Peerzada would be its new president.
Now, in an interview to The Indian Express, Faesal said a perception had been built he was an anti-national. “In the last one year due to some of my problematic utterances, a perception was built that I am an anti-national… due to some of my statements, I let down a lot of people who had immense goodwill for me. I want to undo that,” he said.
In an interview to international media, Faesal launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government accusing it of murdering the constitution in broad daylight. He said that the way the provisions of Article 370 was abrogated, was unconstitutional.
“Today what has been done, is by resorting to complete illegality by completely murdering the Constitution in the house of people of this country,” he said.
Remember, March 2019, A resolution was submitted in the Pakistan Parliament on Saturday to endorse Prime Minister Imran Khan for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. The resolution stated that Imran’s decision to release Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has de-escalated hostilities between Pakistan and India, which made the Pakistan PM Nobel-worthy.
What made this funnier is, on 3 March 2019, Shah Faesal recommended the Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan for “saving South Asia from a nuclear catastrophe.”
According to the media source, Faesal wants to re-join IAS, but a false narrative is built around to show him intelligent and rumours are spread around that he wishes to leave India for higher studies.