Kashmiri IAS topper postpones Friday’s meet after posting ‘show up in Srinagar’ appeal


Kashmiri IAS topper of 2009, Shah Faesal, has postponed his Friday’s meet to finalise his future plans after his shock resignation from the service. While announcing his shock resignation earlier this week, Faesal had said that he will share his future plans today.

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Photo: Shah Faesal’s Facebook page

There were indications that he will join the National Conference led by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and contest this year’s Lok Sabha polls. This was fuelled by Obadullah’s tweet, which read, “Actually I welcomed him to the fold of politicians. His future political plans are his to announce.”

On Thursday, Faesal took to Facebook to urge people from the valley to gather in Srinagar on Friday (today) to share their ideas on what his future course of action. He wrote, “As of now I have quit the service. What I am going to do hereafter also depends on what people of Kashmiri want me to do. More so the youth. I have an idea how I can do it. I am sure you have ideas too and you want me to factor those ideas in before I take a final decision.:

He had asked his fans to meet in Srinagar to help him decide what his choice of politics should be. “If you are ready to come out of Fb/Twitter and show up in Srinagar tomorrow, we could think this through together. My choice of politics will be decided by real people not fb likes and comments,” he wrote.

Faesal had promised to share the details on venue for the meet later. However, on Friday, he wrote once again to inform that his planned meet with his fans had been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. “We shall meet soon. Thank you for showing interest,” he added.

Faesal’s resignation has stunned India after he blamed the existing political system that left him with no option but to quit his prestigious job. The overwhelming sentiment on social media was that Faesal’s shock resignation was a huge loss to Indian bureaucracy, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called it a gain for Indian politics. Athar Aamir Khan, who’s also the husband of 2016 IAS topper Tina Dabi Khan, wrote “Shah Faesal had inspired a generation of youth in J&K to aspire for civil services. Him quitting IAS is certainly a loss to the civil services. Hopeful that his new ininings will contribute to J&K in a positive and progressive way!”



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