All-girls rock band calls it quits after decree

February 5, 2013 by  
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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was among large number of people who came out in support of the girls.

All-girls rock band Jammu & Kashmir, February 04, 2013: The members of the only all-girls rock band in Kashmir today called it quits after the grand mufti (Muslim head cleric) asked them to abandon singing, terming it as un-Islamic.

“I have said, singing is not in accordance with Islamic teachings,” said Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad after issuing the decree.

He said, he has advised the members of the rock band to abandon singing as “it will not help them in playing any constructive role in the society.”

The girls have, however, maintained silence over the issue, sources close to them said they have decided to quit singing and music.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was among large number of people who came out in support of the girls.

Abdullah even reportedly dismissed the decree on social networking site Twitter but removed the Tweet later.

The teenage girls who came to limelight in December last year after their scintillating performance at the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition in Srinagar, received online threats and absurd comments, forcing them to keep a low profile.

The girls vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid had named their band “Pragaash” (light) and won the best performance award in their first public appearance.

– times of india

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