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

Kashmiri girl band

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.

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