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Live, let live

Fatwa issued by Grand Mufti against the all-girl rock band is playing into the hands of extremists (A culture that refuses to be rocked, Sunday Tribune, Feb 10). Through music, one can attract the younger generation in the Valley towards something creative. It is a way to express one's feelings and channelise energy towards creativity. The mufti should withdraw the fatwa and let the girls follow the path they had chosen.

Anil K Jaswal, Gagret


There is no mention of music as ‘halal’ (lawful) or ‘haram’ (unlawful) in the Quran. Only the legal system of Islam forbids it. Liberal Sufi orders accept music as a means of attaining union with God. They approve of Majlis-i-Sama for spiritual uplift and reject Majlis-i-Tarab, which is for mere entertainment. Khwaja Nizamuddin Aulia, the fourth Chishti saint, patronised qawwali. While singers are expected to adorn the text of the song, they must avoid artful vocal display or theatrical style.

VK Rangra, Delhi

Own up

It is hard to believe Gen Pervez Musharraf did not take Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the ISI into confidence before executing the Kargil operation (Ground Zero, Feb 10). It was actually undertaken in the backdrop of Sharif’s threat of “first strike” in a possible nuclear war with India over Kashmir. His hurried meeting with the then US President Bill Clinton in Washington, the consequent ceasefire and “safe passage” to Pakistani intruders prove there was tacit connivance between the political and military leadership of Pakistan. Sharif cannot evade responsibility.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

Not fair

Apropos the article Doctor, time to build your legacy is running out (Sunday Tribune, Feb 3), Manpreet Badal has misjudged the humility of Dr Manmohan Singh as a sign of weakness. The Prime Minister speaks in measured words and may lack charisma, but he is an accomplished economist. It’s difficult to run a coalition government in a country where the Opposition is very aggressive and smaller allies want greater share in the national pie.

Dr LK Manuja, Nahan

Revisiting the past

Apropos Force to reckon with by Varinder Singh (Spectrum, Feb 10), during the Chinese invasion, Col Randhawa would visit my grandfather’s house in Hoshiarpur. Amid sirens and non-stop news on the AIR, discussions would veer around how to safeguard children in case of bombings as Adampur Air Force Station was nearby. I appreciate the challenges faced by defence personnel and their kin. Many wonderful years of my life remained a remote memory and were revived by this beautiful write-up.

Tejinder Singh Bedi, Gurgaon

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