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