Former IAS officer-turned politician Shah Faesal Monday quit politics by resigning from the basic membership of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), the party he launched in March last year after quitting civil services.
In a statement issued here, the party said," Shah Faesal had informed the state executive members that he is not in a position to continue with political activities and wants to be freed from the responsibilities of the organisation.
"Keeping this in view, it was decided to accept his request so that he can better continue with his life and contribute in whichever way he chooses."
The current JKPM vice president Feroze Peerzada has unanimously been appointed as the interim president till formal elections can be held for the post of the president.
The committee also accepted the resignation of Chairman Javed Mustafa Mir and accorded farewell to him.
On 27 March last year, former minister Mir had joined hands with Faesal.
Mir, who won the 2014 assembly polls from Chadoora constituency in Budgam district, was a cabinet minister in the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti.
Faesal, the 2010 batch UPSC topper, had resigned from civil service job in January last year in protest against the "unabated killings in Kashmir and marginalisation of Indian Muslims".
He later launched his own political party.
Faesal was taken into custody last year along with hundreds of other mainstream political leaders soon after the Government of India (GoI) abrogated Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories - Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.
However, there are speculations that Faesal would either re-join the administration or go for further studies abroad.
The government has not accepted his resignation yet.
Meanwhile, the newly-appointed President JKPM Feroze Peerzada said he was not sure whether Faesal would rejoin administration.
“I’m not sure whether Shah Faesal will rejoin administration but he disassociated himself from JKPM and day-to-day politics of J&K," Peerzada said. “May be he will go for further studies as he is fond of acquiring knowledge."