Move lacks conviction: Jitendra

TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/11/2019 11:16:58 AM Front Page

JAMMU: Union minister Jitendra Singh said the resignation of Kashmiri IAS officer Shah Faesal displayed a "lack of conviction" on Faesal's part and that the former civil servant should have been "ready to condemn the act of terrorism".

Singh is the minister of state for the Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said, "You can't enjoy protection of security forces against a potential attack and at the same time not be courageous enough to point at a terrorist and call him a terrorist but find a soft target in an Indian state which is tolerant and gives leverage to your expression," Singh said.

Singh's suggestion that Faesal has enjoyed a life free from the violence of terrorism was taken apart by Abdullah who pointed out on Twitter that the Kashmiri's father had "died in the hands of militants."

Faesal, who resigned on Wednesday, is likely to join the National Conference, and contest the Parliamentary elections from the north Kashmir seat. He had, on Wednesday, attributed his decision to the "unabated killings in Kashmir", the Central government's "lack of sincere" efforts to reach out to the Kashmiris and the "marginalisation of the Indian Muslims". Abdullah referred to Singh as "Dr Sahib" and asked him to "educate" himself before speaking.

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