Grand Mufti didn’t threaten the band: Omar

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Feb 4: Day after Valley’s Grand Mufti Bashir-ud-Din said that Kashmir’s first ever all-girls band - Pragaash- should stop their activities, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said the head priest has not threatened the girls.
“He (Grand Mufti) hasn’t actually threatened them, he just told them to stop. Were he to have threatened the security of the girls... then that would have been a different situation,” Omar told New Delhi based news channel NDTV, when asked why his government didn’t take any action against the Grand Mufti for threatening the band.
On Sunday the Grand Mufti issued a statement that the three girls who constituted the all-girls band- Pragaash-should stop “such activities” and they should not get influenced by the political leaders. He had slammed Omar for “expressing unnecessary support to a shameless act”.
“Such trivial acts (singing and playing instruments) never develop a society but are a first step to demolish its moral fabric,” the head priest had said and asked the parents of the band to mould their children towards teachings of Islam.
Today, Omar tweeted: “Given the importance people attach to the fatwas of the Grand Mufti, the less said the better."  He later deleted that post.
When asked why he deleted the post, Omar told NDTV: “Once there is something on Twitter even for a minute, it is forever... i put it and then deleted it after I got the reaction i wanted.”
Omar said the Grand Mufti was not appointed or paid by the government. He said the government would offer security to the girls’ rock band but it was up to them to decide whether they want to play.
Pragaash (which means First Light) shot to prominence in December last when the trio vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and Guitarist Aneeka Khalid, performed their first live performance at Srinagar's music festival, “Battle of the Bands”. The band also performed in a program which was organized by the CRPF here.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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