PDP legislator: beef ban order has hurt sentiments of Muslims

SRINAGAR: While top leaders of PDP have maintained silence over the high court order on beef ban in the state, one of its legislators asked Kashmiri Muslims to slaughter only bovines on Eid and another said he would seek abrogation of the law, which bans slaughter of bovines, in the coming Assembly session.
“Politics is ok but I am a Muslim first and can’t compromise on my faith. For a Muslim the law of religion is above every other law. Banning beef has badly hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims of the state. So I appeal all Muslims of the Kashmir to slaughter bovines on Eid,” PDP legislator from Tral, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, told Kashmir Reader.
Shah, however, said his party has “nothing to do” with his views.
“If the slaughter of cows and bulls hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus the sale of liquor hurts Muslims. There is no justification for them to ban the beef when Islam allows it for Muslims,” Shah said.
“Slaughter of cows on streets is the message from Kashmiris that they cannot tolerate any interference in their religious affairs,” the MLA added.
Abdul Rahim Rather, Shah’s party colleague and MLA from Kokernag constituency, said that no power on earth “can stop me from eating anything which my religion permits me to eat”.
“The court must revoke the order keeping in view the sentiments of Muslims,” Rather told Kashmir Reader, while claiming he plans presenting in the Assembly a bill that will call for abrogation of the law which makes the slaughter of bovines a punishable offence.
Like Shah, he also said that his views are not his party’s views.
Several leaders of the BJP, the coalition partner of PDP, have welcomed the court directive calling for ban on sale of beef, while asking the police to implement the ban strictly.
“The ban imposed on the sale of beef by the high court should be implemented in letter and spirit. Law enforcing agencies should not take a lenient view of those elements who violate the court directions and indulge in hurting sentiments by their acts having the potential of creating communal tension,” BJP state vice-president and MLC Ramesh Arora was quoted as saying by a Jammu-based local daily.