Srinagar: A prominent Islamic scholar and columnist has allegedly received death threats and has subsequently lodged a case with J&K police. Altaf Hussain Nadwi, 45, who writes for several Srinagar based publications, told Kashmir Reader that an unknown Facebook user has put his photo on the social networking site and threatened him with death.
He identified the facebook user as “Ibn Taimiyah Al Kashmiri”. “The incident happened yesterday and the comments of Ibn Taimiyah Al Kashmiri invited lots of reactions,” he said.
Nadwi graduated from Nadwat ul Ulema in Uttar Pradesh after obtaining Masters degree in Urdu from University of Kashmir, some ten years ago. Besides writing for newspapers and magazines, Nadwi, who lives in Sallar Anantnag, propagates Islamic teachings for last 14 years. “I believe the comments of Ibn Taimiyah Al Kashmiri on Facebook have come in the backdrop of my few opinion pieces on Zakir Musa (Al Qaeda militant),” he said. “It was after insistence by some youth that I wrote on such an issue,” he added. “I put up my point of view after Musa threatened Islamic scholars along with Hurriyat Conference leaders in his earlier messages.” “It seems that the statements by Musa divided the nation. I have put forth my views,” he said.
Nadwi said that after the Facebook incident came to fore, he went to police station Srigufwara to file a case. “It was after discussions with friends who advised to file a police report,” he said.
“After accepting my application (against Ibn Taimiyah Al Kashmiri), police told me it was a cyber (crime) case and they will talk to higher authorities,” he added.