Kashmir an Abode of Saints, Mirwaiz Says, Calls for Ban on Liquor



Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Expressing concern over the disastrous impact of spread of drug addiction in Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Mutthida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Ameer and All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chiarman, Umar Farooq Thursday called for imposing a complete ban on the sale and consumption of drugs and liquor in Kashmir.

Mirwaiz said Kashmir valley has remained a pious land for ages and had been an abode of saints and religious scholars. “There was no justification for allowing drug and liquor menace to grow in Kashmir on the pretext that it was essential for economy by relating it to Tourism sector.”

He said permission should not be granted to such trades as they are not only against Islamic values but are also universally accepted as hazards and dangerous for human life and destructive for family peace and prosperity.

Kashmir’s head priest said that when authorities in Indian states like Gujarat and Bihar had brought stringent laws to put a complete ban on liquor despite the fact that sale and consumption of liquor earned Rs 4000 crore annually to the Bihar government there was no justification for the Jammu Kashmir government to allow and continue the liquor sale. “A meeting would be called soon in which religious scholars, Masjid Imams and heads of religious groups would participate to frame a collective and effective strategy to fight this menace.”

He said parents, heads of educational institutions, religious group advisors, scholars; Imams of Masjids had a responsibility not only to bring awareness among the people about the harmful effects of drugs and liquor but also to strive for a complete ban on its sale and consumption.


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