Srinagar: Kashmiri Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Shah Faesal, who topped the 2010 civil services exam, has quit IAS to join politics.
Faesal on Wednesday said he has decided to resign from the Indian Administrative Service to protest the alleged unabated killings in Kashmir and marginalisation of Indian Muslims.
He made the announcement in a Facebook post.
"To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union government; the marginalization 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 J&K state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in the mainland India in the name of hyper-nationalism, I have decided to resign from IAS," he said.
Sources close to Faesal told IANS that the officer had sent the mandatory notice to the government about his decision to resign from service.
The sources said he was likely to join the National Conference and will contest the Lok Sabha election from Baramulla constituency in the Kashmir Valley.
Faesal was allotted the home cadre of Jammu and Kashmir where he worked as District Magistrate, Director of School Education and Managing Director of the state-owned Power Development Corporation.
Faesal recently returned from the US after completing his Fulbright fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School.