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.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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