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Hey, Preacher, Leave Those Girls Alone: Views on all-girls Kashmir band that has quit after a fatwa by Kashmir’s grand Mufti that music is un-Islamic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Mohd Asim 

February 04, 2013

 

The mullahs have struck again and this time with the support of online Ayatollahs. A rock band of teenage girls in the strife-torn valley of Kashmir has been forced to lie low because a grand mufti and some self-proclaimed caretakers of Islam see their music as "un-Islamic." 
 
The grand mufti has paraded a blatant lie in the name of religion. Music is not un-Islamic. 
 
Plain and simple. Let's see where music is placed in the Islamic scheme of things. Allah sent one lakh twenty four thousand prophets, prophet Muhammad (PBUH) being the last one. Of these, Allah bestowed his divine word on only four in the form of Books - Muhammad, Moses, Jesus and Dawood (PBUT). So it's clear, the grand mufti would agree with me here, that these four were dearer and closer to Allah than the rest. And Allah bestowed miraculous powers on all of them. What did Allah give Prophet Dawood? The answer, grand mufti, is music. 

 

A voice that could move mountains. The Zubur (the book of psalms), the book revealed on Prophet Dawood (PBUH), even lists ragas that Prophet Dawood sang in praise of God. There are also a number of hadiths, only if the grand mufti would care to quote, about how prophet likened anyone with sweet voice to Prophet Dawood. Would Prophet Muhammad have praised Dawood's singing if it were "un-Islamic"? 
 
Islam doesn't prohibit music. In fact, as is the case with most things, Islam only defines limits. So abusive language and vulgar lyrics are not allowed. 
 
But there's nothing as yet to suggest that these Kashmiri kids were indulging in any sort of vulgarity or anti-social acts through their music. They are in fact only taking forward the illustrious sufi and musical tradition of the Valley. Further the Almighty has blessed these young girls with a talent and interest. They have every right to pursue it. Banning art or individual talent cannot be the Islamic way. 
 
So, dear grand mufti, don't drag in Islam into your patriarchal, perverse world view. 
 
Pragash girl, you rock on. You are truly the light.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/blog-on-all-girls-kashmir-band-hey-preacher-leave-those-girls-alone-326380?pfrom=home-otherstories

 

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Unsung girl band unites Kashmir

By Hakeem Irfan in New Delhi

Feb 5, 2013

Grand Mufti isolated on fatwa as Omar & parties back band while Geelani says issue overblown

THE unsavoury controversy surrounding Kashmir’s first all girls rock band Pragaash has silenced the sound of music. The band’s three teenaged members — vocalist- guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid, all class X students — have decided to give up singing in the wake of J& K grand mufti Bashir- u- Din’s fatwa describing their music as un- Islamic.

The traumatized girls, whose band won a prize in their first public appearance at the annual Battle of the Bands in Srinagar in December last year, took the decision even as all the political parties extended their support. Even the hard- line faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani distanced itself from the fatwa and said there’s no threat to the girls. Geelani said that the “ issue had been blown out of proportion”. Accusing the grand mufti of issuing fatwas to attract media attention, Geelani said that fatwas or threats on such issues don’t help.

Even though J& K’s chief minister Omar Abdullah came out in strong support of Pragaash and offered security to the three girls if they wished to pursue their music career, the troubled families of band members have reportedly gone into hiding.

The family of one of the band members said the girls never wanted to pursue music as a fulltime career.

The People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) Mehbooba Mufti described the whole issue as “ avoidable, unnecessary controversy”. Mother of one of the band members told MAIL TODAY that things have turned ugly after the media campaign, as the girls had no plans to perform regularly.

Nor was it a career option for them. The girls, who study at a reputed English medium school of Srinagar and stay in a posh locality, have not spoken any media agency since then.

‘ Media to blame’

She is depressed and doesn’t want to talk to anyone.

We don’t know why the media took up this issue after more than a month,” she said while refusing to divulge her identity and pleading that media should stop harping on the issue. She stated that after their December 26 maiden performance the girls had decided to give up their musical pursuit.

At least 30 bands performed in the two- day event organised by the CRPF at the indoor stadium and Pragaash was one of them. Later that day, the girls’ families came to know that a Facebook page, Kashmir News, criticising their participation in the event had surfaced. It posted a photograph of the band with a caption stating: “ Personally, I consider them shameless and spoiled brats…” The debate on social media shocked and scared the girls and they thought of discontinuing their band. “ There was a debate on social media and some people criticised them, while many others supported. We never received any threat personally,” the girl’s mother added.

The chief minister echoed the sentiments of the family regarding social media saying, “ The problem with social media is that everything can happen anonymously. If we can identify these people then we’ll definitely take action against them.”

Almost after more than a month of this competition, a telephone call about the issue from a newspaper office alerted the family.

What followed was a barrage of calls from media houses. “ The girls have stopped communicating with each other as well. We don’t know what her other two friends are doing right now,” she said describing the troubled state of the teenagers’ mind.

Since the controversy surfaced, most of the statements were being issued by Adnan, who was managing the band and was also the girls’ music teacher. The girl’s mother said this controversy had only distracted the trio from regular studies. She said the girls started learning music as a hobby.

They had been going to music classes every Friday and Sunday for four months during their eighth and ninth standards.

‘ Just a hobby’

“ My daughter is too young to understand and bear this sudden pressure. And it was not a career option for them. It was a weekend activity which we never thought will escalate to this level,” she said.

When asked about the fatwa issued by the grand mufti, she said, “ I am not a religious scholar but I am clear that our religion does not allow women to play music and sing in public.” She was quick to add that they never anticipated the issue to be overblown to this extent and explained that the girls were learning music not with the intention of hurting any religious sentiment.

“ Almighty will judge us all for our personal deeds in this world,” she added.

Support

But the CM defended the girls: “ If I am not wrong two of the girls are wearing headscarves. How is that un- Islamic? When Hubba Khatoon started singing, that was different for the people of that time. Similarly, what these girls are singing now will be treated as historical music 100 years later.” Almost echoing his views, Mehbooba said, “ We have a rich cultural tradition with highly talented singers, many of them women of great attributes like Raj Begum, Naseem Begum, Kailash Mehra and Shameem Azad. They all are icons and no one has looked at them because of the gender.” Mehbooba, however, refused to say anything on the mufti. “ I am not qualified to comment on him,” she said.

Despite all these encouraging words, the families of the girls feel that their troubles have just begun. The media attention having made them all the more vulnerable.

“ For trouble- makers we will be easy targets. We just want to put an immediate end to the hoopla for a peaceful and normal life,” the girl’s mother insisted.

Inputs from Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

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We quit because our music made people of Kashmir, Mufti unhappy: girl band

 Feb 05 2013

Srinagar : Members of the Kashmir girls band Pragaash have said they quit because of the people of Kashmir.

''We din't know the people of Kashmir were unhappy because of our music. Muftisaab has said our music is un-Islamic. We respect him and the people of Kashmir. That is why we have quit,'' one of the girls told Times Now.

She also told the channel that all bands in Kashmir have disbanded in their support.

Pragaash (light), the first all-girls rock band of Kashmir, yesterday decided to call it quits in the wake of a 'fatwa' issued by Grand Mufti terming singing as un-islamic.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was among a large number of political leaders who extended their 'unflinching' support to the girls, urging them not to quit singing because of a 'bunch of morons'. The hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani also criticised the Grand Mufti.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a case and identified several Facebook users who posted abusive and threatening messages on the page of the only all-girls rock band of the Valley.

"A case under Section 66 A of the IT Act and Section 506 RPC (Criminal Intimidation) has been registered in police station Rajbagh with regard to the hate messages posted on the Facebook page of the Pragaash band," a police spokesman said today. He said investigations are on in full swing but refused to give any details.

An official close to the investigation said the police have been able to identify at least six people who posted the hate messages. "Efforts are on to identify the others," the official said on the condition of anonymity.

He said the Facebook page of the band had received a large number of posts -- mostly critical -- and it would take some time to sift through all of them. "Arrests are likely to be made in the next couple of days," he added.

Within days after their performance in Srinagar, the band started receiving online threats and absurd comments which was followed up by a 'fatwa' (religious decree) by Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad.

Sources close to the band had said the girls decided not to sing in the wake of Mufti's controversial decree.

The Class 10 students -- vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid -- had formed band Pragash and performed in December last year with a scintillating performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition in Srinagar and won the best performance award in their first public appearance.

Sensing the mounting support for the girls, hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Geelani had distanced itself from the 'fatwa' and said, "There is no threat to the

girls. Nobody has issued any threats. It is a mere propaganda by the media and they are making a big bomb out of a normal issue to defame Kashmiris."

The spokesman of the Hurriyat faction Ayaz Akbar had said abusive posts on social networking sites cannot be termed as threats and added that Hurriyat did not support such abuse or coercion and force in any way.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti had also condemned the abusive threats to the rock band and blamed the media for negative portrayal of the issue.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/we-quit-because-our-music-made-people-of-kashmir-mufti-unhappy-girl-band/1069649/

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No noble family will allow girls to become dancers: Hurriyat

 Feb 03 2013

Srinagar : Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference today expressed surprise over Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's support for the Valley's only all-girls rock band, saying there is no room to nourish western culture and immoral values in the state.

"Kashmir is a place of sufis and saints and there is no room to nourish western type of culture and immoral values," Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement.

Though in a civilised society there is no place for coercion and force, there are some values a citizen has to adopt to safeguard the ethical and religious traditions, he said.

"Hurriyat Conference expresses regret and surprise over the support of Omar Abdullah," Akbar said.

"As a matter of fact no noble family will allow their girls to choose their profession as a dancer so as to be a mere thing of pleasure for strangers," he said.

Akbar said Omar should have gone through history of Kashmir to find out the high regard and esteem bestowed upon women in order to save them from being sold as commodity.

"It is a matter of concern for us the way Omar Abdullah backed the rock band because the dynasty he belongs to has since long disassociated itself from Islamic and ethical values," he said.

Referring to the reported threats being given to the rock band, the spokesman termed it "not good".

"Instead, parents should have rectified the things and provided advice to their daughters that their activities were not as per ethics of Islam, culture and our unique identity," he said.

Omar had come out in support of the girls yesterday saying police will probe the threats.

"I hope these talented young girls will not let a handful of morons silence them," he said.

The all-girls band, which came to limelight in late December last year after their performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition here, had defied the convention by stepping into the male-dominated field of music.

The girls' band has received abusive and hate messages on their Facebook page for defying convention by choosing the field of music.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/no-noble-family-will-allow-girls-to-become-dancers-hurriyat/1068743/

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Fatwa issued against Kashmiri all-girl band

By M Saleem Pandit

 Feb 4, 2013,

SRINAGAR: Kashmir's top clergyman, Mufti Azam Mufti Bashiruddin, on Sunday issued a "fatwa" against three Kashmiri girls for being part of a rock band which performed in Srinagar in December 2012.

The grand mufti said he has decreed against the girls because music is banned in Islam and girls should imbibe "better values" instead of vices.

"I issued the fatwa where I said to the girls that music is not good for society," he said. "All bad things happening in the Indian society are because of music," he added.

Mufti Azaam said, "The parents of the girls should try to correct erring teenage girls and teach them Islamic values instead of exhibiting them as source of entertainment for thousands of people. I will be forced to issue another fatwa if these girls and their parents do not take corrective measures to mend their ways."

The mufti and other separatist groups issued statements and "fatwas" against the girls who have taken refuge in New Delhi after chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday offered support to them.

The three teenage girls - drummer Farah Deeba, guitarist Aneeka Khalid and vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir - performed at a Srinagar stadium last December organized by Adnan Mattoo and Raheel Khurshid's Bloodrockz. Their performance came under fire from conservative elements in Kashmiri society and they received threats.

Sources said Omar Abdullah has asked crime branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police to investigate the matter. He said on Twitter that he hoped the talented young girls would continue to pursue their goal and not let a handful of people silence them.

Hurriyat Conference faction headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday expressed surprise over the way Omer Abdullah supported the girls saying that though in a civilized society there is no place for coercion and force but some values have to be adopted to safeguard the ethical, moral and religious traditions.

The Hurriyat faction spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that Kashmir being a sacred place of saints, there is no room for western culture.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Fatwa-issued-against-Kashmiri-all-girl-band/articleshow/18327128.cms

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Political parties extends support for Kashmir's all-girls band

 Feb 04 2013

New Delhi : Kashmir's first all-girls rock band 'Pragaash' on Monday received unflinching support from parties across the political spectrum and women's organisations who slammed the Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir for calling their singing “un-Islamic”.

Congress, BJP, BJD, National Commission for Women, AIDWA and NFIW were on the “same page” asserting that the controversial fatwa by Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad would push the society backwards.

“This is wrong. Every one has their own perspective, there are traditions. But I believe that if after so many years of independence, we stop girls from any work, it will be our double standards,” Mamata Sharma, Chairperson of National Commission for Women, said.

“On the one hand we say that both genders should be equal but on the other we put restrictions on girls, that girls cannot do this...I believe this is very wrong,” she added.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh slammed the fatwa and said stopping the all-girls rock band will take the society backwards.

“I have always said whether it is ideology of the Hindu fundamentalist or Muslim fundamentalist, it will take the country back to 18th century. Congress is a moderate liberal party. We cannot support such things,” he said.

Coming out in support of the rock band, BJD MP Jay Panda said: “I think nobody has the right to stop other people from expressing themselves through their music or other cultural activities,” he said.

Echoing Singh's views, BJP MP Najma Heptullah said: “Saying anything in the name of religion does not do any favour to the religion...If you don't like songs, don't listen to them. To stop them (the rock band members) in the name of religion, I don't think it is the right move.”

Naeem Akhtar, spokesperson of Opposition People's Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir, said the entire incident was an “unnecessary controversy”.

“Mufti sahab has made a profession out of issuing fatwas on every issue that is defaming religion,” he said.

In a joint statement, AIDWA and NFIW strongly condemned the diktat of the grand Mufti, saying women's Constitutional rights cannot be restricted by patriarchal and conservative mind sets operating in the name of religion.

“The Grand Mufti should try to support the all round advancement of Muslim girls. The attitude shown by Bashiruddin Ahmed would further marginalise and disempower a section which is already facing many forms of socio-economic exclusion,” the statement said.

BJP MP Balbir Punj praised the stand taken by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in the matter.

“In this entire issue, we have to remember that there is an attempt for 'talibanisation' of Kashmir and some other parts of the country,” he said.

“Religious fundamentalists want to run the society according to their will. I would like to appreciate the strong stand taken by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in the matter,” Punj added.

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir also condemned the threats to the girls, however, flayed the negative portrayal of the issue by the media.

“The government should look into the abuses and threats made by some people to the girls on the Facebook. It is a problem that needs to be sorted out,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said in Srinagar.

She, however, said the reporting of the issue particularly in the electronic media gave an impression that Kashmiris were a 'Taliban-like' force.

Mehbooba said a handful of people using social networking platform to abuse the girls should not be seen as representative of the entire society.

“Music is a part of our culture... We have produced great singers like Raj Begum, Zoona Begum and Kailash Mehra. Kashmiris are an emancipated people,” she said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/political-parties-extends-support-for-kashmirs-allgirls-band/1069184/

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Why can't they sing? Kashmir uproar over fatwa on girl band

Feb 05 2013

Srinagar : A day after the fatwa (decree) issued by Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Bashiruddin Ahmad, against the girl-band, the associated with the rock-band have decided to call it quits.

Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad on Sunday had issued a decree terming singing as ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘obscene’.

The band named ‘Pragaash’ (morning light) comprises Huma, the lead vocalist and guitarist, Aneeka who plays base and Farah, who is the drummer.

However, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has backed the girls and said that it is a shame on those who claim freedom of speech via social media and then misuse it to threaten girls who have the right to choose to sing.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj said the silence of those people who do not back the Kashmiri girl''s band exhibited the double standards of the people who claim to be liberal.

“I salute Omar Abdullah for standing up for urbanisation of the valley and standing in favour of these young girls who are just taking resort to music to entertain themselves and others and it is the right which the constitution of India gives. But the people who claim to be liberal, particularly left liberals by their sheer silence, they are exposing themselves and the double standard which they have even they come to light,” said Punj.

The band had last performed at the Kashmir music festival in December previous year and got a standing ovation from the young crowd.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/why-cant-they-sing--kashmir-uproar-over-fatwa-on-girl-band/1069624/

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A mufti who turned fatwa machine

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times

February 04, 2013

The J-K government-patronized grand priest, Mufti Basheer-ud-Din, is fast emerging as Kashmir's fatwa machine.

In his late seventies, Basheer-ud-Din, who has a masters degree in Arabic from Aligarh Muslim University, was a government's face to announce moon sightings ahead of Eid

celebrations till recent times.

In 2011, the mufti coined a new name for his position, self-styled Supreme Court of Islamic Shariat, and declared his clean-shaven son Nasir-ul-Islam as his successor.

Islam's wife Dr Neelofar Ali is a senior scientist with the Abu Dhabi government, while his two sons are studying abroad. Elder son has a graduation degree from Switzerland and masters from Canada. Younger too studies in Abu Dhabi.

Former governor Girish Chander Saxena ensured a job for the Mufti's other son in 1990s at Delhi's Kashmir House.

The mufti was first recognized by former Kashmir prime minister Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, who provided a state patronage to him. Abdullah is a grand father of present chief minister Omar Abdullah.

Otherwise living a life in oblivion, the mufti made it to the headlines with a fatwa against former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2007. The fatwa came in the wake of Azad's speech asking people to emulate Gandhi in their daily affairs and the mufti described it as "anti-Islamic".

Ironically, the mufti himself invited no fatwa for meeting communist Saddam Hussain, Iraq's former president, in 80s and being his guest.

Since 2007, the mufti started issuing controversial fatwas at the drop of hat. In 2011, the father-son duo issued fatwa calling for extermination of four Christian pastors allegedly involved in converting Muslim youth in the valley. Recently, he also issued fatwa against negligible population of Ahmadis.

"The sharia courts in Kashmir ended with the Muslim Sultans' period. Since 1947, there were no such courts. Any such court has to be recognized by the state," said law professor Dr Sheikh Showkat.

Peoples Democratic Party spokesman Naeem Akhtar said a mufti's opinion, traditionally, was sought in matters of marriage, divorce and inheritance. "The recent fatwa was unsolicited," said Akhtar.

Basheer-ud-Din is third generation mufti and his father Mufti Kawam-ud-Din and grandfather Jala-ud-Din were respected and revered muftis who never issued any fatwas, which is non-binding on Muslims till a Qazi, a judge, endorses it.

"We only have the seat of mufti azam (grand priest) who would issue riwayat (religious backdrop of issues) and not decrees," said Saleem Beg, who heads Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.

With his fatwas, the mufti is putting a question mark on the centuries old revered and respected institution of Muzfi Azam.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/jandk/A-mufti-who-turned-fatwa-machine/Article1-1006344.aspx

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J&K police file FIR against online attackers of Kashmir's all-girl band

Feb 5, 2013

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered a case and identified several Facebook users who had posted abusive and threatening messages on the page of the only all-girls rock band of the Valley.

"A case under Section 66 A of the IT Act and Section 506 RPC (Criminal Intimidation) has been registered in police station Rajbagh with regard to the hate messages posted on the Facebook page of the Pragaash band," a police spokesman said today.

He said the investigations are in full swing but refused to give any details.

However, an official associated with the investigation said police have been able to identify at least six persons who had posted hate messages with the help of experts from the cyber crime cell.

"So far half a dozen Facebook users who had posted hate messages have been identified while efforts are on to identify the others," the official said on the condition of anonymity.

He said the Facebook page of the band had received a large number of posts -- mostly critical -- and it would take some time to sift through all of them.

"Arrests are likely to be made in the next couple of days," he added.

Pragaash (light), the first all-girls rock band of Kashmir, yesterday decided to call it quits in the wake of a 'fatwa' issued by Grand Mufti terming singing as un-Islamic.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was among a large number of political leaders who extended their unflinching support to the girls, urging them not to quit singing because of a "bunch of morons". The hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani also criticised the Grand Mufti.

Within days after their performance in Srinagar, the band had started receiving online threats and absurd comments which was followed up with a 'fatwa' (religious decree) issued by Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad.

Sources close to the band had said the girls decided not to sing in the wake of Mufti's controversial decree.

The 10th-class students -- vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid -- had formed a band "Pragash" and performed in December last year with a scintillating performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition in Srinagar and won the best performance award in their first public appearance.

Sensing the mounting support for the girls, hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Geelani had distanced itself from the 'fatwa' and said, "There is no threat to the girls. Nobody has issued any threats. It is a mere propaganda by the media and they are making a big bomb out of a normal issue to defame Kashmiris."

The spokesman of the Hurriyat faction Ayaz Akbar had said some youngsters posting abuses on social networking sites cannot be termed as threat and added that Hurriyat does not support such abuse or coercion and force in any way.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti had also condemned the abusive threats to the rock band and blamed the media for negative portrayal of the issue.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/JK-police-file-FIR-against-online-attackers-of-Kashmirs-all-girl-band/articleshow/18346131.cms

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Govt should ensure their security: Mehbooba Mufti

KHALID GUL

 Islamabad (Anantnag), Feb 4: Coming out in support of Kashmir’s first girls’ rock band ‘Pragaash,’ Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Monday asked the state government to provide security to the girls.

“Kashmir has a history of producing prominent female Sufi singers like Raj Begum, Zoon Begum and the Padma Shree award-winner Shameema Azad. So there should not be any curbs on these talented little girls who want to excel,” Mehbooba told media persons on the sidelines of a public rally in Achabal area of this South Kashmir district.

She said that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should take the responsibility and make sure that the ‘fringe elements creating hurdles for these talented girls’ are dealt with strictly. “The government should take the matter seriously and the girls should be provided security,” Mehbooba said. She said that the confusion should be cleared so that the little girls feel secure.

Mehbooba, however, refused to comment when asked about the Fatwa issued against the rock band by Mufti Bashir-ud-Din, who has called the act as un-Islamic.

“It’s a religious matter and I don’t know the context in which the Fatwa has been issued. I will rather prefer not to comment on the issue,” said Mehbooba.

Kashmir’s first ever all-girl rock band has been in news for some time now after their pictures on social networking sites invited severe criticism as well as praises.

While the band has received support from various sections of the society, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, but at the same time many have launched a scathing attack against the girls, terming their act as un-Islamic and immoral.

Earlier, addressing the rally, Mehbooba Mufti said that resolution of Kashmir problem and good governance have to go hand in hand for a peaceful and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir.

She said the PDP during its brief tenure had put this strategy into practice with spectacular results.

Mehbooba said that keeping the peculiar situation of the state in mind, PDP had adopted an agenda which had the potential of addressing all the dimensions of Kashmir issue and also providing a better, transparent and accountable system of governance. PDP agenda, she said, is not a mere slogan but an article of faith for the party and this was displayed practically during PDP-Congress rule.

Mehbooba said PDP-Congress government adopted a reconciliatory policy by revoking POTA, releasing prisoners, preventing harassment of people which helped in creating right atmosphere for political process. Similarly ceasefire on the borders, initiation of dialogue between GOI and separatists, opening of cross-LoC roads during that tenure were seen as great milestones in the resolution of Kashmir problem, she said.

Addressing the rally senior PDP leader and former Finance Minister Tariq Hameed Karra accused National Conference (NC) of resorting to worst kind of double-dealing in politics to stay clinched to power. He said on one hand the duo of Sheikh Nazir and Dr Mustafa Kamaal have been assigned the job of appeasing Pakistan and addressing the separatist sentiment while on the other Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his father Dr Farooq Abdullah are trying to prove project themselves as proverbial “more loyal than the king” towards New Delhi.

Karra said the people now see through the “histrionics” of NC leaders and can’t be befooled by such “cheap tactics” adopted by the party right from its inception.

Party leader and MLA Mansoor Hussain and others also spoke on this occasion.

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2013/Feb/5/govt-should-ensure-their-security-mehbooba-mufti-76.asp

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Fatwa Against Girls' Band Aimed at Talibanisation: BJP

FEB 04, 2013

The BJP today criticised the decree issued by Jammu and Kashmir's Grandmufti against the all-girls rock band 'Pragaash', terming it a fundamentalist move which aimed at "Talibanisation" of the society.

"It is an attempt towards 'Talibanisation' of the society by certain fundamentalist groups who are uncomfortable with the return of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir," party's state spokesperson Jitendra Singh said here.

He said there are some people who don't want the youth of Kashmir to be a part of the national mainstream.

The party also hit out at the National Conference-led government in the state, alleging that its "appeasement policy towards separatists and militant groups" encourage the fundamentalists and lead to such situations.

Although the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has denounced the decree on micro-blogging site Twitter, the government has not taken any measure for ensuring security of the members of the band, Singh alleged.

The party also launched a veiled attack on the Congress, saying that its "silence" over the issue raised doubts over its commitments towards maintaining dignity of women.

Amid support pouring in for the all-girls band after it received hate messages on social-networking websites, Grandmufti Bashiruddin Ahmad, through a decree, had yesterday termed singing as "un-Islamic" and asked them to abandon it.

http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=788892

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No shadow of the row on music

By Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

5 February 2013

THE Mizraab music school in Srinagar, it’s as usual. There is no shadow of the controversy over the all- girls rock band that has rocked the state and the entire country.

Musical notes fill the air as students go through their regular lessons and riyaaz . Music teacher Bilal Ahmad is busy instructing his students. Akeel Ahmad, a student, is playing his instrument.

Have been teaching music along with my friend Irfan Ahmad for several years on Sunday and Friday every week. I teach both girls and boys. We have never faced any problem,” he says, adding: “ Since it is an off day today, we don’t have girls here. If you come Friday, you’ll see that half our students are girls. And they are not scared.” Bilal says there are about 40 bands in Kashmir and scores of musicians and singers.

Akeel, who calls himself DJ Aki, posts his remix of Kashmiri songs on his Facebook page, deejay- aki, and it has a good number hits. “ Music has been always my passion. I can’t think of a life without music,” he says.

Ubaid Fayaz Wani, another student, has own rock band. He has named it Thousand Faces “ because, I sing sufi, folk and pop” said Wani, an engineering student. He posts his songs on Facebook and performs in colleges. “ I will continue to perform,” he says.

Arshid Mushtaq, a filmmaker and cultural activist, says there are all- girls sufiyana band and all- girls charki ( Kashmiri folk music) band. They have never faced any threat. “ They have been performing for years together and have received appreciation from people. I don’t know why this particular issue is being blown up. There is no threat to music in Kashmir,” Mushtaq says.

On December 24, the Pragaash band performed at a function. “ After the competition, I rushed home and discussed with my family about the bands and the music they played. On seeing my enthusiasm for music, my mom and dad supported me to join music classes at Band Inn,” wrote Farah Deeba, one of the band members, on her Facebook wall immediately after her first public performance.

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After Grand Mufti's fatwa, Kashmir's all-girls band 'Pragash' calls it quits

 Feb 04 2013

Srinagar : The first all-girl band of Kashmir on Monday decided to call it quits in the wake of a 'fatwa' issued by Grand Mufti terming singing as un-islamic, a remark that came under all round attack.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was among a large number of political leaders who gave their unflinching support to the girls, urging them not to quit singing because of a “bunch of morons”. The hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani also criticised the Grand Mufti.

Within days after their performance in Srinagar, the band started receiving online threats and absurd comments which was followed up with a 'fatwa' (religious decree) issued by Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad yesterday.

Sources close to the band said the girls have decided not to sing in the wake of Mufti's controversial decree.

The 10th-class students -- vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid -- had formed a band 'Pragash' and performed in December last year with a scintillating performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition in Srinagar and won the best performance award in their first public appearance.

Sensing the mounting support for the girls, hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Geelani distanced itself from the 'fatwa' and said, “There is no threat to the girls. Nobody has issued any threats. It is a mere propaganda by the media and they are making a big bomb out of a normal issue to defame Kashmiris.”

The spokesman of the Hurriyat faction Ayaz Akbar said some youngsters posting abuses on social networking sites cannot be termed as threat and added that Hurriyat does not support such abuse or coercion and force in any way.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the abusive threats to the rock band and blamed the media for negative portrayal of the issue.

“The government should look into the abuses and threats made by some people to the girls on the Facebook. It is a problem that needs to be sorted out,” Mehbooba said.

She said the reporting of the issue, particularly in electronic media, gave an impression that Kashmiris were a 'Taliban-like' force.

“Music is part of our culture -- we have produced great singers like Raj Begum, Zoona Begum and Kailash Mehra. Kashmiris are an emancipated people,” she added.

In New Delhi, political parties cutting across party lines and various women organisations extended their support to the band and also slammed the Grand Mufti for calling their singing “un-Islamic”.

Congress, BJP, BJD, National Commission for Women, AIDWA and NFIW were on the “same page” asserting that the fatwa by Grand Mufti would push the society backwards.

“This is wrong. Everyone has their own perspective, there are traditions. But I believe that if after so many years of independence, we stop girls from any work, it will be our double standards,” Mamata Sharma, Chairperson of National Commission for Women, said.

“On the one hand we say that both genders should be equal but on the other we put restrictions on girls, that girls cannot do this...I believe this is very wrong,” she added.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh slammed the fatwa and said stopping the all-girls rock band will take the society backwards.

“I have always said that whether it is ideology of the Hindu fundamentalist or Muslim fundamentalist, it will take the country back to 18th century. Congress is a moderate liberal party. We cannot support such things,” he said.

Coming out in support of the rock band, BJD MP Jay Panda said: “I think no body has the right to stop other people from expressing themselves through their music or other cultural activities,” he said.

Echoing Singh's views, BJP MP Najma Heptullah said: “Saying anything in the name of religion does not do any favour to the religion...If you don't like songs, don't listen to them. To stop them (the rock band members) in the name of religion, I don't think it is the right move.”

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/after-grand-muftis-fatwa-kashmirs-allgirls-band-pragash-calls-it.../1069090/

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