Improve character to protect movement, Mirwaiz tells Kashmiris

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday said Kashmiris need to improve their character and demeanor vis-à-vis society to protect the ongoing “freedom movement.”
“Kashmiris can only protect their freedom struggle and move forward towards achieving the goal by improving their character and demeanor vis-a-vis society,” a Hurriyat (M) press statement quoted Mirwaiz as saying at an event organised by Allama Anwar Shah Trust at Arimarg Lolab.
“Time has come that Indian union shall hold result-oriented dialogue with the stakeholders of the Kashmir conflict to solve it for once and for all,” he added.
Asking ulema, muftis, and the public in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district to support the ‘drive’ for social reformation, Mirwaiz said the time has come for “collective action” against problems like drug abuse “as our present society is fast losing its Islamic and Kashmiri character.”
“Every section of the society shall play its role collectively and in individual capacity in reforming this society,” he said.
“The movement started by Mutehda Majlis-e-Ulema and its allied religious and social organisations against moral degradation, drug and alcohol addiction, corruption, extravagance, and futile rituals in the society will only be successful if all sections of the society come forward and contribute towards eradication of these evils,” he added, asking parents to be watchful of their children’s activities.
The younger generation, he said, must be “cautious and responsible” in using modern tools like social media and internet.
“These tools have positive as well as negative sides, solely depending upon the user,” he said.
Mirwaiz was on his maiden visit to Lolab, and was greeted by people, specially youth, by raising slogans in favour of Islam, the statement said, adding that he also laid foundation of Dar-ul-Quran in the area.