Respect Grand Mufti's decision: Pragaash

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 14:56 hrs

A member of Kashmir's first all-girl rock band 'Pragaash' on Tuesday said they decided to call it quits as they respected the Valley's Grand Mufti's decision.

The members of ´Pragaash´ decided to call it quits after Kashmir´s Grand Mufti (head priest) Mufti Bashir-ud-Din issued a fatwa (decree) against them.

"I am too little to know whether music is un-Islamic. The Grand Mufti will be more aware of our religion. So we respect his decision. He is a well-respected man," a band member told CNN-IBN.

She said one has to move out of Kashmir to pursue music.

"That´s the lesson I have learnt. If one has to pursue music, one has to move out," she said.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against those who had attacked the band online.

An NDTV report said most of them have been identified and could be arrested and booked under section 66A of the IT Act.

The band had earlier decided to stop live performances for sometime after receiving threats and criticisms on social networking sites.

The band, however, received support from Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah who said the girls should not allow ´a handful of morons silence them´.

"Shame on those who claim freedom of speech via social media & then use that freedom to threaten girls who have the right to choose to sing," Omar tweeted.

"The police will examine the threats issued & whether any provision of the law can be used to book those making the threats#Pragaash," he said.

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

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj appreciated Omar for supporting the band.

"I appreciate Omar Abdullah for taking a tough stand on the matter so far," Punj told media.

The girls also received support from netizens who created a page on popular social networking site Facebook named: ´I support Pragaash, Kashmir´s first all-girls´ rock band´.

Formed in 2012, the three-member band is comprised of Noma Nazir, Farah Deeba and Aneeqa Khalid.

The band members received warnings, including rape threats, following their first live performance at Srinagar in December.

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