Willing to contest forthcoming polls, says Shah Faesal

IAS officer Shah Faesal, who has announced his resignation, said he was willing to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections but would not be joining any political party 'as of now'.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, he ruled out the possibility of joining separatist Hurriyat Conference saying his experience in governance could not be used there.

Faesal, who has been in the limelight since becoming the first Kashmiri to top the civil services exam in 2009, announced his resignation on January 9 through social media to protest the 'unabated' killings in Kashmir and the marginalisation of Indian Muslims.

In a brief statement on Facebook, the 35-year-old Faesal, who belongs to 2010 batch of the IAS, said his resignation was also to protest "the marginalisation and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hyper-nationalism".

"I wish to reiterate that voices of reason in this country cannot be muzzled for long and the environment of siege will need to end if we wish to usher in true democracy," he had said.