SRINAGAR: Criticizing the Jammu and Kashmir High Court order directing the police to ensure that there is no sale of beef anywhere in the state, Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) today said the order is against the tenets of Islam and the party won't accept it.
"We will not accept this order. It is not only against the secular ethos but also against our faith," the newly-elected chief of JeI, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, told reporters here. A division bench of the High Court had Tuesday directed the police to see that there is no sale of beef anywhere in the state after hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against cow slaughter.
"It is not acceptable to us. We will do whatever is possible...it is a direct interference in our religious affairs," he said adding "beef is halal (prescribed by Muslim law) for us and we will continue to consume it." Muslim League headed by separatist leader Masarat Alam also denounced the order.
"We are not going to compromise on our religious beliefs. Beef is permissible," a spokesman of the league said.