Kashmiri politician Shah Faesal arrested in New Delhi

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NEW DELHI: Renowned Kashmiri politician Shah Faesal was arrested in the Indian capital on Wednesday as he was on his way to Turkey, according to the Press Trust of India.

The PTI stated that Faesal was about to board an international flight to Turkey when he was arrested and sent back to Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Faesal made headlines in 2009 when he became the first Kashmiri to top the difficult Indian civil services examination.

In January, he left his post to form his own political party–the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement.
On Tuesday, Faesal appeared on BBC Hardtalk and slammed the Modi-led government for revoking Article 370 of the constitution that guaranteed special status to Kashmir.

On August 5, India’s Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the resolution to revoke Article 370 of the constitution. Pakistan reacted strongly to the move, downgrading diplomatic ties with India and suspending all trade with its neighbour.

In February this year, India and Pakistan almost came close to a nuclear war after IAF jets intruded into Pakistani airspace and bombed Balakot.

On February 27, PAF jets shot down an IAF Mig-21 Bison aircraft and captured Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

The Indian pilot was released after he was held captive for 68 hours. Prime Minister Khan called it a ‘peace gesture’ towards India.

Following Varthaman’s release, tensions de-escalated between the two nuclear-armed nations.