IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal stopped at Delhi Airport, under house arrest in Kashmir

New Delhi: Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal, who has been highly critical of the government’s moves on Kashmir, was on Wednesday stopped from leaving the country and sent back to Srinagar, an official said.

Faesal had been detained under the Public Safety Act. According to the sources, Faesal has been kept under house arrest in Kashmir.

Faesal, a former IAS officer, had formed his own political party. He has been vocal against Centre’s move to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and expressing his objection through political remarks made on social media.

On Monday, he tweeted to say that Centre’s move to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status had ended space for mainstream politics in the region.

“Abolition of Article 370 has finished the mainstream. Constitutionalists are gone. So you can either be a stooge or a separatist now. No shades of grey,” Faesal’s tweet read.

His tweet further called for the revival of the political rights that had allegedly been taken away. “Kashmir will need a long, sustained, non-violent political mass movement for restoration of the political rights,” he said.

Shah Faesal had formed his own political party a few months ago: Former India Administrative Service officer Shah Faesal had formed his own political party a few months ago had also called for a joint strategy by mainstream J&K political parties, including the National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party.

Congress leader and former minister of finance P Chidambaram had on August 7, cited Faesal’s comments to oppose withdrawal of the 70-year-old special provision for Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories.

‘There is no Eid’: Faesal had also declared that he would not celebrate Eid-Al-Adha. He had tweeted that there would be no Eid celebration “till the last bit of insult is avenged and undone”.

He said, “There is no Eid. Kashmiris across the world are mourning the illegal annexation of their land. There shall be no Eid till everything that has been stolen and snatched since 1947 is returned back. No Eid till the last bit of insult is avenged and undone.”