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A petition demanding the ‘Grand Mufti’ of Kashmir to step down

February 5, 2013

This petition has been put out by OMAR BASHIR

This is in context with your recent fatwa against the girl band Pragaash. This is less a fatwa and more a direct threat to silence young girls who have chosen for themselves a career path untrodden by women of Kashmir because of your misogynist approach. Your nefarious and illogical fatwas have caused more harm than they have done any good.

Mr Grand Mufti you have forgotten that Kashmir has a long tradition of Kashmiriyat and Kashmiriyat is an expression of solidarity and resilience regardless of religious differences. It embodies an ethos of harmony and a determination of survival of the people and their heritage. Women in music industry is nothing new in Kashmir, we have stalwarts like Raj Begum, Shameema Azad, Kailash Mehra and Mehmeet Syed singing for the past so many years. You must be aware that Raj Begum has been awarded the Padma Shri award in 2002.

Pragaash means from Darkness to Light and we see in them a ray of hope emerging from the darkness of despair.
Kashmiri women have been always on the forefront, from Kot Rani fighting large invading armies to Parveena Ahanger fighting the world’s largest democracy.

We have never seen a fatwa from you when women sing and dance on government functions Republic Day or Independence Day which explains the dubious character of this fatwa.

Previously also you had threatened the American citizens to leave Kashmir and before that your good self had summoned a Christian Pastor to your self styled Shariah Court and ordered him to leave the State.

These things portray a negative image of the people of Kashmir. You being an ambassador representing the people of Kashmir have failed to conduct you duties properly and we appeal to you to step down from the Chair of Grand Mufti of Kashmir and let some fresh blood take the spot.

To sign this petition, go here.

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