SRINAGAR: Stating that the people of Kashmir would go to any extent to save the “Muslim identity of the state”, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that government was promoting liquor and drugs openly in the state under the pretext of tourism promotion.
“It is a fact that certain agencies, following a specific agenda of keeping the young generation away from the teachings of Islam, are constantly indulging in spreading these ills, hence undermining the Muslim character of the state,” Mirwaiz Umar said while addressing a gathering before Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid here.
“On the pretext of promotion to tourism, drugs and liquor were openly sold,” he said, adding “The people of Kashmir would go to any length to save the Muslim identity of the state.”
Announcing a reform campaign against social evils like drug abuse, consumption of alcohol, gambling, and the growing cases of suicides, Mirwaiz said “a large segment of Kashmiri society is drifting into such waywardness and away from the basic Islamic teachings.”
“It is the responsibility of every Kashmiri to be aware of these social problems,” he said adding “Effective and concrete measures need to be put in place to deal with them.”
Mirwaiz expressed his “grave concern” over open indulgence of drug and liquor trading of these items.
“While Some congested areas in Srinagar and some specific districts in Kashmir are more plagued by the drug addiction menace, in the first phase a meeting of imams, Ulema and prominent personalities belonging to Srinagar and these districts would be called on April 6 during which a strategy would be chalked out to effectively deal with these ills,” Mirwaiz said.
In the next phase, Mirwaiz said, “criminals indulging in drug and alcohol trade would be identified.”
Mirwaiz said that he would himself visit the areas plagued by drug addiction “to carry out the reform mission to free younger generation from this menace.”
Calling upon “conscientious people of society especially parents to come forward and lend a helping hand to this effort and contribute towards eradicating these social menaces,” Mirwaiz said that ‘Mohallah’ reform committees should be constituted at local levels to deal with the issue.