Majid Jahangir, Srinagar
The order to ban the sale of beef in the state by Jammu and Kashmir High Court has made the political atmosphere in the state extremely tense.
The separatists have called for Kashmir bandh on 12 August to protest the ban.
Masrat Alam led Muslim League has threatened to slaughter cows on the Muslim festival Eid-ul-Adha after it described the ‘totally against religion and no one can issue dictates what to eat or what we should not.’
Independent MLA engineer Rashid has submitted a bill in state’s assembly against the ban asking for a debate on the issue in the coming session of the assembly.
Rashid has also condemned the state government for not arguing the case before High Court bench strongly.
Ruling PDP too has called the ban ‘illogical and unjustified.’
Chief Minister Mufti Mohamad Syeed’s political analyst and party’s youth president Waheed Parra said, “people are best judges on what to eat or what not. We don’t need enforcing agencies to tell us what we should eat in dinner.”
BJP, the PDP’s alliance partner, said that those who called the HC’s order as ban were ‘anti-national elements’ adding that the ban already existed in the state.
Lawyer and BJP leader. Advocate Parimoksh, who had field the PIL seeking complete ban on beef sale in the state, said, “Ban on bovine animals was there since Dogra raj. It is not any new thing. The new thing only is that the honourable court has directed to implement the beef ban. Some media houses and anti-national elements are calling it a ban. People have appreciated this move, even some of my Muslim friends said that this is a good move and ban should be implemented.”
Opposition National conference said that the central government was raking up this sensitive issue to push Muslims to the wall.
Senior NC leader Dr Mustafa Kamal told Jantakareporter.com, “First of all ban on beef in Kahmir is not possible because Muslims are living here and this ban can’t be thrust on us. Secondly, the present government at the center is of Hindu nationalist party, which is not wasting any opportunity to suppress Muslims by raising these issues. So, the ban on beef sale is only indicative of the central government’s policy to push Muslims to wall.”