Breaking the ruling party’s silence over the ban on beef PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said the decision of the division bench of the high court is just a routine matter and want affect at all the slaughtering of bovine animals and sale of beef in Jammu & Kashmir State. According to the KNS correspondent, on the side lines of a party function at Bandipora Mehbooba said that ban on beef has only imposed in Jammu and Kashmir but it is in force in other 3 states of the country but wherever the ban was imposed authorities were forced to revoke it and allow the practice of slaughtering of bovine animals and sale of beef as usual. Stating that the ban on beef and slaughtering of bovine animals is in force since 1947 as the act is prohibited under section 298 A&B of the Jammu and Kashmir constitution, Mehbooba Mufti said that even the largest political parties who had two 3rd majority in the assembly never bothered to scrape the law banning sale of beef in the state. The PDP president said the government has not used any force to implement the ban and there want be any major change in the government policy Vis-A-Vis slaughtering of bovine animals and sale of beef. In reply to a question on stone pelting and hoisting a flags near the venue of “Big Kashmir marathon” Mehbooba Mufti said. A well intentioned event organized for soliciting the support for protection of Dal Lake was disrupted by some miscreants, Mehbooba Mufti said. Some 8 to 10 thousand youth and their parents participating in the run where hurt and humiliated the time when some of the girls participating in the run were manhandled by miscreants amid slogan shouting and flag hoisting. According to the KNS correspondent, she said that no one will be allowed to manhandle girls under the garb of slogan shouting and flag hoisting as part of ongoing campaign for resolution of Kashmir issue. Stating that a case was registered against a policeman on charges of manhandling a girl after a shutdown to mark the protest was observed in Pulwama town Mehbooba Mufti said. Mehbooba asked people to come forward for help in curbing the continue physical assaults on girls and young women. Stating that the Friday protests have become a usual practice in Kashmir PDP chief said, prayers should not become an event of fighting but an occasion of brother hood, peace and religious tolerance.
2015 Kashmir Despatch