Aneeka Khalid, one of the three performers of Kashmir’s all-girl band Pragaash, told mediapersons here on Tuesday that she and her teammates had quit music in deference to the wish of Mufti Azam Basheer-ud-din. “He is a respected person and we should obey his counsel,” she is reported to have said.

“It’s impossible to play music in Kashmir. If someone has to pursue music as a career, he/she should move out of the Valley,” the teenager said on television, her face morphed.

Prominent persons who targeted the band on Tuesday expressed “satisfaction” and “pleasure” that the young girls had shut their band.