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Kashmir BJP leader to host ‘beef party’ for ‘religious tolerance’

Khursheed Ahmad Malik, a BJP leader from south Kashmir, says he will invite Hindus and Muslims to the party to send a 'message of religious tolerance'.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar |
Updated: September 13, 2015 2:54:15 pm
Beef party, religious tolerance, Khursheed Ahmad Malik, kashmir BJP leader, BJP Beef party, Kashmir beef party, Nation news, india news The court direction for implementation of the ban on sale of beef has snowballed into a controversy in Kashmir with Muslim leaders calling it “interference in religion”.

In defiance of a J&K High Court order directing the state government to strictly implement the ban on sale of beef, a BJP leader in Kashmir is throwing a “beef party” Sunday.

Khursheed Ahmad Malik, a BJP leader from south Kashmir, says he will invite Hindus and Muslims to the party to send a “message of religious tolerance”.

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“I have decided to organise a party for both Hindus and Muslims. The Muslims will be served beef and the Hindus an exclusively vegetarian meal,” Malik told The Sunday Express. “This party will send a message of religious tolerance, brotherhood and secularism.”

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The BJP leader, who unsuccessfully contested the 2014 assembly elections from Kokernag, said: “Apart from politics, I am a Muslim. I can’t compromise on my religious faith, not at all.”

The court direction for implementation of the ban on sale of beef has snowballed into a controversy in Kashmir with Muslim leaders calling it “interference in religion”.

The court order came on a PIL filed by Jammu lawyer Parimoksh Seth, now the state’s Deputy Advocate General.
There has been a ban on the slaughter of bovines and sale of beef in J&K since the days before Partition. But the ban was never implemented strictly, especially in the Valley.

Asked whether his “beef party” had the approval of the BJP, Malik said: “Do I have to ask my partymen whether I should go to a mosque or not? It has nothing to do with my party.

I have joined BJP to empower my people, especially Muslims.”

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