SRINAGAR — Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said her statement on the Taliban is being deliberately distorted.
“Can’t point fingers since most countries that claim to uphold Sharia have failed to imbibe its true values. They are only fixated with restricting women through Do’s & Dont’s, dress codes, etc,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.
“In fact, women have been granted property, social, legal & marriage rights. Non-Muslims have the same rights including religious freedom & equality of law which is the essence of secularism,” she said, adding that Islamic history is full of examples of emancipated and empowered women.
“Hazrat Khadija Tul Kubra, Prophet SAW’s first wife was an independent & successful businesswoman. Hazrat Ayesha Siddique led the Battle of Camel & headed a force of 13000 soldiers (sic),” she added.
However, at a time when India has become “so polarised, there is increasing Islamophobia and Afghanistan crisis has only worsened it,” she said.
“Muslims are always expected to prove that they don’t stand for violence. I can see why my statement is being used as clickbait to further this impression,” the PDP chief said.
Pertinently, Mehbooba Mufti yesterday had told reporters that the Taliban should shun the hard-line interpretation of Islam and Sharia if they want to do business with the international community.