2 members of J-K all-girl band quit after Grand Mufti remark

Hours after the official Grand Mufti of J&K opposed the state's first all-girl rock band Pragaash, two members of group Noma Nazir and Farah Deeba exited it. On Sunday night, in the official page of the band on Facebook, it was posted, "Noma Quits". This was followed by another post: "Farah also quits".

The Grand Mufti Bashir-ud-din had termed the girls' rock band as the "first step towards destruction" and said that the "unwarranted support" by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will have a negative impact on society.

The Mufti who heads the self-styled Supreme Court of Islamic Shariet and is considered close to the ruling National Conference had said, "For some girls this mirage (music) is the elixir of life. They are on the wrong path and they should watch their steps."

The rock band had earlier decided to stop live performances in the Valley for some time following threats on social networking sites.

It was in August 2012 that Deeba, Aneka Khalid and Nazir, students of class X, met at a music institute, Band Inn, and formed 'Pragaash'.

Meanwhile, the Mufti said, "Whatever, I have said in the written statement, I stand by it. There is nothing wrong in that statement."

He also took a dig at the Jammu and Kashmir government and the National Conference after the party said that he is not the official Grand Mufti of the state.

"Was I Grand Mufti when I supported Sheikh (Mohammad Abdullah) Sahib and not now. I have been recognised by Sheikh Sahib and all the governments. Now they have some problem and they disown me," he said.

He said if Hurriyat and all other religious parties have supported his statement "what is the problem with the government".

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