Ladakh Muslims write to CM Mehbooba about ‘threat’ from Buddhists

Kargil: Anjuman Jamiat-ul- Ulama Asna Asharia Islamia School, Kargil Ladakh has written to the Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti alleging imminent threat to local Muslim population from Buddhists.

The alleged threat according to the letter written to Mehbooba has come after a recent conversion of a Buddhist girl to Islam.

The letter has demanded “safety and security of Muslims” living in Leh saying “the Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) has threatened the Muslims living in Leh particularly the Muslims belonging to Kargil.”

Pertinently, a marriage between a Buddhist woman and Muslim man has stoked tensions in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh, with the region’s apex religious body threatening communal unrest unless the woman is “brought back”.

The Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) had also written to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, asking for an annulment of the marriage between local-born 30-year-old Shifah, formerly called Stanzin Saldon, and her 32-year-old husband Murtaza Aga of Kargil. The woman converted to Islam in 2015. She married Aga, an engineer, last year.

In an affidavit, Shifah said on July 7, 2016, she got married to Syed Murtaza Aga , out of her “own free will and consent”. She declared that she was not “induced or abducted” by her husband and was not under wrongful confinement.


(With inputs from CNS)

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