Geelani’s Fatwas Don’t Scare Me: Farooq

Geelani’s Fatwas Don’t Scare Me: Farooq

8 December 2011
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Sticking to his spurious prescription to promote tourism in Kashmir, the National Conference president and union minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, on Thursday said that he would “take all necessary steps” to strengthen infrastructure for the tourism industry in his home state. After achieving desired results with his recent advocacy to reopen liquor shops and cinemas in Kashmir, Dr. Abdullah took the brewed controversy to a new level today, invoking India’s secular ideals to defend his proposal. Talking to reporters outside the parliament in New Delhi, the NC president sought to ‘remind’ Syed Ali Shah Geelani that India was a secular country and not a theocracy. Despite universally-accepted views on the ill effects of liquor on individuals and society, and severe disapproval of the practice in major religions, Geelani had played up the ‘Islamic character’ of Kashmir to oppose Dr. Abdullah’s proposal, seeking a fatwa against the NC president. The Hurriyat leader has not uttered a single word to explode Dr. Abdullah’s theory that liquor and cinema houses were necessary to promote tourism in Kashmir. Not known to lose an opportunity to play to the galleries, the NC president struck a defiant pose outside the parliament over the Hurriyat chief’s threat of an Islamic fatwa. “Geelani is highly mistaken to think that fatwas will scare me,” he told reporters. “He may issue all the fatwas he wants, it is not going to work on me.”


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