“To deliberately force them to do so by issuing directives is malicious,” he said.
“JK Muslims are respectful of all religions and believe in harmonious coexistence, but will never yield to any pressure, if and when there is any interference in matters related to their faith,” he said. in a press release.
“The recent open call for genocide of the Muslims of India at a religious conference in Haridwar and the silence of the state in this regard is a shocking case of fanaticism and discrimination against Muslims, which has become the order of the day,” he alleged.
The amalgam asked the administration to refrain from issuing such orders in the future.
Former chief ministers – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti – and various political parties have also criticized the order.
“Why should Muslim students be forced to do anything including yoga to celebrate Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti is a festival and celebrating it or not should be a personal choice. Would the BJP be happy if a similar order was issued ordering no – Muslim students to celebrate Eid?” Abdullah, the vice president of the National Conference, wrote on Twitter.
Mehbooba, who is also the chairman of the PDP, said the Centre’s misadventures are aimed at collectively humiliating Kashmiris.
The public relations misadventures of the GOI are aimed at collectively belittling and humiliating Kashmiris. Forcing students and staff to perform surya namaskars by giving orders despite their obvious discomfort with the imposition of something loaded with religious overtones gives a glimpse of their community mindset, Mehbooba said in a tweet.
Peoples Conference (PC) President Sajad Gani Lone also criticized the directive, saying the administration was reversing what liberal Muslims had won.