Former senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and the IAS topper Shah Faesal today launched his own political party. He named it the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement. And he was joined by the former JNU students leader and activist Shehla Rashid.
Speaking on the occasion Faesal said his party will not practice the politics of the traditional political parties in the state but will strive to chart a way to pull the state out of its current turmoil.
However, Faesal distanced his party from a role in the resolution of Kashmir, saying that the Kashmir issue was there to resolve between India and Pakistan and a J&K regional party can only play a facilitatory role.
“As mainstream party we can only facilitate peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue which ultimately has to come from New Delhi and Islamabad,” Faesal said.
The party also released a vision document on the occasion. It said the party will attempt to bring about sustainable peace in the state by making the people “politically empowered, economically prosperous, socially emancipated, ethically evolved, culturally enlightened and environmentally conscious”.
Faesal appealed to youth to participate in the politics and help rewrite destiny of the state. He also said that the youngsters should be allowed to express dissent and raise voice against human rights violations, promising his party will fight for these rights.
Faesal also said that his party would seek adequate political representation for under-represented communities like Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians and Kashmiri Pandits.